Cultural history, persuasion, imperial eschatology, political iconology and theology.
My main interest is the political persuasion through messages that appropriate religious content in sixteenth-century Europe. The fundamental point of reference is the Hispanic Monarchy and the cultural field generated through speeches, publications, art, ceremonies, or festivals. This communication policy meant to generate a sense of belonging among the population while legitimizing the sovereign’s position as a defender of Catholicism and the shepherd of one single flock before the end of time.
The research work for the thesis that I am finalizing covers three main areas: (a) the use of mainly eschatological religious matters in the imperial construction of Charles V and Philip II, as well as the theological-political response of some of their adversaries, (b) the cultural transfer related to this symbolic construction/destruction between Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, and (c) the possible economic backdrop of these persuasion programmes.
The main objectives of this study include the analysis of the existing interconnections that can be found in texts, images, objects, and representations covering the Bible story of Gideon, the prophecy of the last Roman emperor, and the symbol of the tower in the triple perspective that the thesis presents.