Portraits of Empires: Habsburg Albums from the German House in Ottoman Constantinople (Paperback)

Portraits of Empires: Habsburg Albums from the German House in Ottoman Constantinople By Robyn Dora Radway Cover Image

Portraits of Empires: Habsburg Albums from the German House in Ottoman Constantinople (Paperback)

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In the late 16th century, hundreds of travelers made their way to the Habsburg ambassador's residence, known as the German House, in Constantinople. In this centrally located inn, subjects of the emperor found food, wine, shelter, and good company--and left an incredible collection of albums filled with images, messages, decorated papers, and more.

Portraits of Empires offers a complete account of this early form of social media, which had a profound impact on later European iconography. Revealing a vibrant transimperial culture as viewed from all walks of life--Muslim and Christian, noble and servant, scholar and stable boy--the pocket-sized albums containing these curiosities have never been fully connected to the abundant archival records on the German House and its residents. Robyn Dora Radway not only introduces these objects, the people who filled their pages, and the house at the center of their creation, but she also presents several arguments regarding chronologies of exchange, workshop practices, the curation of social networks and visual collections based on status, and the purposes of these highly individualized material portraits.

Featuring 162 fascinating color images, Portraits of Empires reconstructs the world of Habsburg subjects living in Ottoman Constantinople using a rich and distinctive set of objects to raise questions about imperial belonging and the artistic practices used to articulate it.

Robyn Dora Radway is Associate Professor of History at Central European University. She has published in Early Modern Low Countries; Austrian History Yearbook; Journal of Early Modern History; and Archivum Ottomanicum.
Product Details ISBN: 9780253066923
ISBN-10: 0253066921
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 296
Language: English