Maria Berbara: Imperial Propaganda and the Representation of Otherness in Portugal in the Early Modern Times
Imperial Propaganda and the Representation of Otherness in Portugal in the Early Modern Times
(S. 75 – 86)

Maria Berbara

Imperial Propaganda and the Representation of Otherness in Portugal in the Early Modern Times

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This paper will try and investigate to what extent the visual representation of elements connected to its colonies served to legitimize Portuguese power in the first half of the 16th century. Was the representation of the exotic something exceptional, or was it a fundamental brick in the visual construction of the Portuguese empire? Was the quotation of these foreign elements meant to merely signify the universality of Portugal’s power, or were there other connotations to these borrowings? Did artists intend to embrace otherness or to praise the nation by portraying its conquests? In doing so, the paper will also deal with the examination of the key word “Manueline” in Portuguese art history and historiography.

  • 18. Jahrhundert
  • Portugal
  • Bildtheorie
  • Kunstgeschichte
  • 17. Jahrhundert
  • Machtanalytik
  • Ikonographie

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Maria Berbara

is professor of Art History at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She studied History at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) where she also obtained her MA in Art History. With a scholarship from the German institution DAAD she did her PhD at the University of Hamburg. She specializes in Italian and Iberian art and art history during the Early-Modern period, with an emphasis on the transit of art objects and discourses within Europe and between European regions and Latin America. Her most recent publications include a Portuguese annotated translation of Michelangelo’s letters (2009), the editing of several books, including “Portuguese Humanism and the Republic of Letters” (Brill 2012), and diverse articles on the artistic exchanges between Italy, Iberia and Latin America.

Urte Krass (Hg.): Visualizing Portuguese Power

Images have always played a vital role in political communication and in the visualization of power structures and hierarchies. They gain even more importance in situations where non-verbal communication prevails: In the negotiation processes between two (or more) different cultures, the language of the visual is often thought of as the most effective way to acquaint (and overpower) the others with one’s own principles, beliefs, and value systems. Scores of these asymmetrical exchange situations have taken place in the Portuguese overseas empire since its gradual expansion in the 16th century.
This book offers new insights into the broad and differentiated spectrum of functions images could assume in political contexts in those areas dominated by the Portuguese in early modern times. How were objects and artifacts staged and handled to generate new layers of meaning and visualize political ideas and concepts? And what were the respective reasons, means, and effects of the visualization of Portuguese power and politics?