Visualizing Portuguese Power

The Political Use of Images in Portugal and its Overseas Empire (16th-18th Century)

Edited by Urte Krass

Visualizing Portuguese Power

Edited by Urte Krass

Distributed for Diaphanes

384 pages | 60 color plates, 120 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9783037347423 Published March 2017
Images play a key role in political communication and the ways we come to understand the power structures that shape society. Nowhere is this more evident than in the process of empire building, in which visual language has long been a highly effective means of overpowering another culture with one’s own values and beliefs.
           
With Visualizing Portuguese Power, Urte Krass and a group of contributors examine the visual arts within the Portuguese empire between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. With a focus on the political appropriation of Portuguese-Christian art within the colonies, the book looks at how these and other objects could be staged to generate new layers of meaning. Beyond religious images, the book shows that the appropriation of the visual arts to reinforce important political concepts also took place in the outside the religious sphere, including adaptations of local artistic customs to reinforce Portuguese power.
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
 
Urte Krass
Visualizing Portuguese Power: Between Imperial Agenda and Agency of the Image. An Introduction
 
Carla Alferes Pinto
Artistic Images and Objects as Agents of Politics and Religion: The Foundation Stone of the Convent of Saint Monica in Goa and the Processional Standard with the Miracle of the Crucified Christ
 
Márcia Almada
Calligraphy and Royal Symbols: An Analysis of Portuguese and Brazilian Painted Manuscripts in the 18th Century
 
Maria Berbara
Imperial Propaganda and the Representation of Otherness in Portugal in Early Modern Times
 
Pamila Gupta
‘Dressed Up’ in 17th Century Goa
 
Barbara Karl
Allegory and Narrative: Two Bengal Colchas and the Independence of Portugal
 
Urte Krass
Loyalty Made Visible: Pyrotechnices and Processions for King John IV in Macao in 1642
 
Giuseppe Marcocci
Stones of Contention: Factions, Statues, and the Political Use of Memory in Early Modern Goa
 
Giuseppina Raggi
Building the Image of the Portuguese Empire: The Power of Quadratura Painting in Colonial Brazil
 
Jeremy Roe
Book Illustrations and the Politics of Publishing: A Survey of the Illustrations for the Lisbon Editions of the Asia Portuguesa and Europa Portuguesa by Manuel de Faria e Sousa
 
Ines G. Županov
From Descriptive/Verbal to Pictorial Visualizations: Appropriating Nature in the Portuguese Empire in Asia (16th and 17th Centuries)
 
Jens Baumgarten
Afterword: Artifacts and Their Political Meaning— Political Iconography and Globalization
 
Contributors
Index
 
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