Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies edition:1 location:University of Copenhagen date:10-12 October 2012
“Celebrating the Orient”: the Ottoman Turks in prints and public festivities of the Habsburg Netherlands.
The Habsburg Netherlands with their important trade cities and urban privileges had a long tradition of public celebrations, like the joyous entries and the processions. In the Netherlands of the 16th century the different urban, governmental and religious elites displayed their power and their influence and put their mark on the art of public pomp and circumstance. The conflict between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Turks was a returning theme in several celebrations and their prints. The 1549 triumphal celebration in Antwerp for the future Spanish king Philip II (1527-1598) was one of the many examples during the Habsburg reign. One can wonder if the portrayal of the Ottomans during these celebrations was part of the traditional, late-medieval display of the exotic enemy or if there were any timely adjustments? Was the theme only a popular, recurring subject or was there more to it than meets the eye?