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Court Culture in Dresden - Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

Court Culture in Dresden

Hardcover Published: 7th March 2002
ISBN: 9780333984482
Number Of Pages: 310

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This is the first cultural history of Baroque Dresden, the capital of Saxony and the most important Protestant territory in the Empire from mid-sixteenth to early-eighteenth century. It shows how the art patronage of the Electors fits into the intellectual climate of the age and investigates its political and religious context. Lutheran church music and architecture, the influence of Italy, and alchemy are among the colorful subjects that come into play.

'Professor Watanabe-O'Kelly's investigation - under the general rubric of court culture - offers far more than one might first expect. This is political history as well as art history, cultural history as well as intellectual history. Her text and pictures order the vast collections assembled over almost two hundred years and explain the varying logic behind how they were gathered and exhibited together. Yet her analysis never dulls the sense of amazement and wonderment these princes - and their servants - worked so hard to fashion...[F]ew have produced descriptions of the poetics of power that range so widely and probe so deeply.' - Professor Mary Lindemann, Carnegie Mellon University



'This new Publication can be seen as a milestone...The wealth of detail contained in Professor Watanabe-O'Kelly's survey will fascinate both the general reader and the cultural historian and open up a wide range of areas for further study.' - Jill Bepler, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel



'...a scholarly, original, important and well-illustrated study...'- Tim Blanning, Times Literary Supplement



'Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly's work deserves praise. This book will doubtlessly inspire other scholars to pursue further research on many subjects she considers...the clear and concise introduction to so many activities and aspects of the material culture at the court also make it a useful introduction for any student and scholar who is interested in early modern court culture throughout Europe.' - H-Net Reviews (H-German)

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Genealogical tablep. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Lutheran Legacy: The Albertine Electors and Protestant Court Culturep. 5
The Electoral burial chapel at Freibergp. 5
Sectarian tournamentsp. 20
Lutheran sacred music - the 'historia'p. 22
Biblical dramap. 26
Johann Georg II and the 'Joseph' playsp. 30
Dedekind and the biblical semi-operap. 34
The Italian Ideal: The Sixteenth-Century Reception of Italian Culturep. 37
Italian artists in Dresdenp. 37
The new stables and portrait gallery (1586)p. 43
Arms, armour and Italian horsemanshipp. 45
The tournament and Italian influencep. 49
Princely education and 'civil conversation'p. 54
Johann Georg I's Italian journey (1601) and its Dresden legacyp. 59
The Management of Knowledge: The Dresden Collections - Their Origin and Developmentp. 71
Early modern collectingp. 71
The original Dresden Kunstkammerp. 73
Elector August's Libraryp. 84
The Electoral Library in the seventeenth centuryp. 88
The Kunstkammer under Christian I and Christian IIp. 90
Johann Georg I's Kunstkammerp. 91
Storage and inventorisation of the collectionsp. 96
The Secrets of the Heavens and the Earth: Alchemy, Mining and Astrology at the Dresden Courtp. 100
Early modern alchemy in the Empirep. 101
Princely patrons of alchemy in the Empirep. 104
Alchemy in Dresden - the theoryp. 106
Alchemical practice at the Dresden courtp. 115
Mining and astrology in court festivalsp. 120
The Fabrication of an Image: Johann Georg II's Self-presentationp. 130
Johann Georg II's emergence as Jason (1650)p. 130
The Riesensaal and the ballet of 1653p. 132
Johann Georg II as Knight of St Georgep. 140
Johann Georg II as Nimrodp. 151
Publishing the imagep. 154
The 'Recreation of the Spirit': Theatre at the Dresden Court during the Seventeenth Centuryp. 166
'Pleasant inventions and entertaining histories' - foreign drama at the Dresden courtp. 166
'Heroes changed to flowers' - ballet at the Dresden courtp. 174
'Gods among the Saxons' - opera in Dresdenp. 189
The Saxon Hercules: August the Strong, Elector of Saxony, King of Polandp. 193
From Lutheran Elector to Catholic Kingp. 195
The cultural impact of Francep. 204
From Kunstkammer to museump. 212
From occult science to early manufacturingp. 220
From Mercury to Apollo - August's festivalsp. 229
Conclusionp. 238
Notesp. 242
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780333984482
ISBN-10: 033398448X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 7th March 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1