Le prince et les arts...

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The interest of the prince toward the arts grew spectacularly, especially in France and in Italy, from the 14th to the 18th century. Art and architecture became a political instrument in order to insure the prince’s renown and power. This book illustrates different art historical approaches by interrogating the princes (patrons and collectors), the artworks (as aesthetic, symbolic, and propagandistic objects) and the relationship between theformer and the latter as it crystallized for example in the art academies. The goal is to consider the artworks as the expression of complex historical phenomena and the royal power as the reason of their discursive, allegorical, narrative or topographical logic.