Artful Armies, Beautiful Battles

Art and Warfare in the Early Modern Europe


Warfare, and the circumstances surrounding it, have often provided important impulses for cultural production. This book explores the relationship between warfare and image-making in the early modern period. Rather than dealing with images simply as reproductions of actual events, the volume demonstrates complex processes by which political, national and social identities are negotiated and fashioned in warfare imagery.
The book analyses three main issues: the impact of war on art, the ways in which warfare imagery supports dominant ideologies, and the manner in which such imagery also constructs alternative identities. The essays offer a broad range of methodologies while dealing with a wide array of
chronological, geographical and artistic materials. Historians and art historians will find this volume particularly useful in its nuanced examination of the relationship between art and history.

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Pia F. Cuneo, Ph.D. (1991) in Art History, Northwestern University. Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona. She has published extensively on early modern German art including Art and Politics in Early Modern Germany (Brill, 1998).
"All of the case studies are interesting and are based on meticulous research in primary sources. This reviewer enjoyed the volume (not least because it is itself a beautiful artifact), learned much from it, and, like the editor, hopes it will "inspire further forays into this intriguing field" (11)—such forays are essential because of this volume's limitations. It works well as a detailed and richly textured study of cultural production in the sixteenth century and as an exploration of the relationship between art and history."
D. J. B. Trim, Newbold College, Bracknell, Sixteenth Century Journal
1. Military science, history, and art / Guy Wilson
2. Warfare and artistic production in the German lands during the Thirty Years' War (1618-48) / Sigrun Haude
3. Shining armor : Emperor Maximilian, chivalry, and war / Larry Silver
4. Images of warfare as political legitimization : Jörg Breu the Elder's rondels for Maximilian I's hunting lodge at Lermos (ca. 1516) / Pia F. Cuneo
5. Giorgio Vasari's and Niccolò Machiavelli's Medicean emblems of war and peace in the portrait of Duke Alessandro de Medici / Liana de Girolami Cheney
6. Seventeenth-century French images of warfare / Julie Anne Plax
7. Soldiers and gypsies : outsiders and their families in early sixteenth century German art / Andrew Morrall
8. Remembering Amalek and Nebuchadnezzar : biblical warfare and symbolic violence in two images in Italian Renaissance Yiddish books of customs / Diane Wolfthal
9. Battling fortune in sixteenth-century Italy : Cellini and the changing faces of Fortuna / Gwendolyn Trottein
All those interested in the history of art, warfare, and politics in the early modern period, including graduate students, academics, and institutes focused on early modern history and culture.
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