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Producing the City:Bird's-eye Views and Social Control in Hapsburg Spain

Camino, Mercedes (1999) Producing the City:Bird's-eye Views and Social Control in Hapsburg Spain. Cartographica, 36 (3). pp. 17-30. ISSN 1911-9925

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Abstract

Though often produced with a propagandist aim, many an early modern bird's-eye view can be seen as a contradictory cultural product. For example, the Spanish views commissioned by the Habsburg rulers did not contribute to buttressing the system they were meant to dignify. Instead, the views of Anton van den Wyngaerde in the 1560s and those reproduced in the Civitates orbis terrarum (1578-1612) both reflect and construct a sense of local pride in the context of a totalitarian state aspiring to uniformity and social control. The vindication of fragmentation against the state's notion of unity is only one of the paradoxes embedded in the production of bird's-eye views. The fact that the views highlight royal palaces, the houses of the nobility, and church buildings does not disguise the fact that there is no all-embracing concept of urban planning that would render those cities ideal in the eye of the beholder. Moreover, the different angles of vision and the presence of the draftsmen also convey an idea of hegemony that highlights the individual subject, undermining the notion of that subject's subordination. This is further corroborated by the shifting position of the viewer, who can occupy the position of the artist and who, as an urban dweller, is also the object of study, that is to say, the sight.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cartographica
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 50532
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2011 14:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:47
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50532

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