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Author Gustafson, Adam R
Title The Artistic Patronage of Albrecht V and the Creation of Catholic Identity in Sixteenth-Century Bavaria
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Descript 232 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-12, Section: A, page:
Adviser: Dora Wilson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Ohio University, 2011
Drawing from a number of artistic media, this dissertation is an interdisciplinary approach for understanding how artworks created under the patronage of Albrecht V were used to shape Catholic identity in Bavaria during the establishment of confessional boundaries in late sixteenth-century Europe. This study presents a methodological framework for understanding early modern patronage in which the arts are necessarily viewed as interconnected, and patronage is understood as a complex and often contradictory process that involved all elements of society
First, this study examines the legacy of arts patronage that Albrecht V inherited from his Wittelsbach predecessors and developed during his reign, from 1550-1579. Albrecht V's patronage is then divided into three areas: northern princely humanism, traditional religion and sociological propaganda. The final chapter follows the influence of Albrecht V's patronage through the Thirty Years' War, during the reign of his grandson, Maximilian I. During the early years of Albrecht V's reign, his patronage reflected his values as a noble who pursued a particularly northern, humanist agenda. During his reign, a resurgence of traditional religious experience occurred in Bavaria that the Jesuits, supported by Albrecht V, used to rouse support for Catholicism. This movement affected Albrecht V's identity, and his patronage and the legacy of his patronage reflected and supported the entrenchment of traditional Bavarian Catholicism. Jacque Ellul termed the establishment of such structures sociological propaganda
That Bavaria remained staunchly Catholic during the Protestant Reformation is often attributed to the absolutist policies and social discipline of Albrecht V -- a process known as confessionalization. However true the confessionalization thesis is, any approach for analyzing Bavarian artworks of the period must also include the possibility that the lower classes were as influential in shaping the patronage and religious identity of Albrecht V as the Wittelsbach court was in shaping the religious identity of Bavaria
School code: 0167
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-12A
Subject Art History
Music
Theater History
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0413
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Alt Author Ohio University. School of Interdisciplinary Arts
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