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Rubens and the Thirty Years War
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5/11/2012 to 5/12/2012
When: 11-12 May 2012
Contact: Malcolm Smuts
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Using the career of Peter Paul Rubens as an organizing thread, this conference will examine the complex relationships between diplomacy, dynastic politics and the visual arts during the early stages of the Thirty Years War. What role did exchanges of art and artists play in the diplomacy of this period? How did these exchanges contribute to the development of international formulas for the representation of power and glory? To what extent had dynastic languages and diplomacy created a sdhared visual language of power and authority throughout Western Europe, as opposed to distinctive national, dynastic or even personal formulas favored by particular patrons? By addressing these and related questions in a thoroughly interdisciplinary we seek to illuminate not only Rubens's own work but the interplay between international dynastic politics and the visual language of powerduring a critical fifteen year period.

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