Publication
Title
The gift of Rubens : rethinking the concept of gift-giving in Early Modern diplomacy
Author
Abstract
This article investigates Peter Paul Rubens's diplomatic mission to the court of Charles I of England by order of Philip IV of Spain. Bringing together arguments from diplomatic history, anthropology and art theory, it revises the traditional view of Rubens as a heroic figure who brought peace to England and Spain, and honour to himself. Rubens's mission to London should be considered instead as a gift sent by Philip IV to Charles I. The diplomatic culture of the early seventeenth century, which underscored the importance of painting as a means of communication and in which reciprocity was regarded as a fundamental mechanism, profoundly influenced the favourable outcomes of both Rubens's and the Spanish court's diplomatic strategies. It was not just Rubens's personality and genius that brought about political change. Rather, it was the symbolic action of the gift and its subsequent materialization in a painting that Rubens donated to Charles I.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European history quarterly. - London, 1984, currens
Publication
London : 2013
ISSN
0265-6914 [print]
1461-7110 [online]
Volume/pages
43:3(2013), p. 421-441
ISI
000321900900001
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Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 10.09.2013
Last edited 14.07.2017
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