The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid

The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid

by Jesus Escobar
     
 

ISBN-10: 052181507X

ISBN-13: 9780521815079

Pub. Date: 11/27/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid examines the transformation of Madrid from a secondary market town to the capital of the worldwide Spanish Habsburg empire. Focusing on the planning and building of Madrid's principal public monument, the Plaza Mayor, it is based on an analysis of archival documents, architectural drawings, and the surviving built…  See more details below

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The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid examines the transformation of Madrid from a secondary market town to the capital of the worldwide Spanish Habsburg empire. Focusing on the planning and building of Madrid's principal public monument, the Plaza Mayor, it is based on an analysis of archival documents, architectural drawings, and the surviving built fabric of the city itself. Jesus Escobar demonstrates how the shaping of the city square and its environs reflects the bureaucratic nature of government in Madrid, chosen in 1561 to serve as a capital of Spain. He also examines the careful planning of the city, with particular regard to the necessities of housing and public works that accompanied its new status as capital. The process reveals the sophistication of town planning in late-sixteenth-century Spain and forces a reconsideration of Spanish urbanism within the contexts of contemporary European and Spanish colonial developments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521815079
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2003
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Madrid, town and court; 2. Architecture and bureaucracy; 3. Sixteenth-century initiatives; 4. The panadería and its impact; 5. Seventeenth-century reforms; 6. The plaza mayor as political symbol.

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