Art and Magic in the Court of the Stuarts

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Spanning from the inauguration of James I in 1603 to the execution of Charles I in 1649, the Stuart court saw the emergence of a full expression of Renaissance culture in Britain. Hart examines the influence of magic on Renaissance art and how in its role as an element of royal propaganda, art was used to represent the power of the monarch and reflect his apparent command over the hidden forces of nature. Court artists sought to represent magic as an expression of the Stuart Kings' divine right, and later of ...

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Spanning from the inauguration of James I in 1603 to the execution of Charles I in 1649, the Stuart court saw the emergence of a full expression of Renaissance culture in Britain. Hart examines the influence of magic on Renaissance art and how in its role as an element of royal propaganda, art was used to represent the power of the monarch and reflect his apparent command over the hidden forces of nature. Court artists sought to represent magic as an expression of the Stuart Kings' divine right, and later of their policy of Absolutism, through masques, sermons, heraldry, gardens, architecture and processions. As such, magic of the kind enshrined in Neoplatonic philosophy and the court art which expressed its cosmology, played their part in the complex causes of the Civil War and the destruction of the Stuart image which followed in its wake.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415756167
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction : Stuart Magic and the Fairy Queen 1
I Stuart Court Art and the Magic of Kingship 12
II Masques, Sermons, and the Prophetic 'Albion and Jerusalem' 30
III Heraldry and the Architectural Orders as Joint Emblems of the 'House of British Chivalry' 60
IV Gardens and the Illusion of Natural Magic 84
V Architecture and the Geometry of Solomon's Temple 105
VI Musical Harmony and Pythagorean Palaces 136
VII Processions and Stuart London as the Neoplatonic 'City of the Sun' 155
Epilogue: Apocalyptic Court Art and Albion's Second Ruin 189
Appendix: The Problem of Authorship of Stone-Heng Restored (1655) 201
Notes 206
Bibliography 244
Index 256
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