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The Escorial

Art and Power in the Renaissance

Henry Kamen

Colossal and imposing, the Escorial has played a key role in four centuries of Spanish history, from its commissioning by Philip II in 1563 to its current status as a World Heritage Site. Kamen discusses Philip's motivation, the influence of his travels, the meaning of the building's design and its place in Spanish culture; he explains how this monastery-cum-palace, which was for some a symbol of superstition and oppression, reflects the Spanish imperial preoccupations of art, religion and power.

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Product information:
  • Publisher: NPG
  • Year: 200
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304pp
  • Illustrated: No
  • ISBN: 9780300162448
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.7kg
Product code:
298271
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