Jeremy Roe, Jean Andrews (eds.), Representing Women’s Political Identity in the Early Modern Iberian World, London: Routledge, 2021. ISBN 9781138541863

Representing Women’s Political Identity in the Early Modern Iberian World explores how the political identities of Iberian women were represented in various forms of visual culture including: religious paintings and portraiture; costume; and devotional and funerary sculpture. This study examines the transmission of Iberian culture and its concepts of identity to locations such as Peru, Goa and Mexico, providing a rich insight into Iberia’s complex history and legacy. The collection of essays explores the lives of protagonists, which vary from queens and members of the nobility to painters and nuns, allowing for a more nuanced understanding of both the elite and non-elite woman’s experience in Spain, Portugal and their overseas realms during the early modern period. By addressing the significance of gender alongside the visual representation of political ideology and identity, this book is an invaluable source for students and researchers of early modern Iberia and the history of women.

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Introduction by Jeremy Roe and Jean Andrews.

Part I: The politics of non-elite devotional identities in textual, visual and material culture

1. Three willful characters in search for God: visionary action and political identity in seventeenth-century Portuguese women mystics (Joana Serrado).

2. From spectatorship to sponsorship: female participation in the festivals of colonial Potosí (Lisa Voigt).

3. The mirror-shield of Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz (Diane H. Bodart)

4. Female agency and the sculptural object in Agostinho de Santa Maria’s hagiography of Filipa Ferreira (?–1626)., the Augustinian Soror Filipa da Trindade (Carla Alferes Pinto).

5. Josefa de Ayala e Cabreira’s St Catherine of Alexandria altarpiece and female empowerment (Jean Andrews).

Part II: Spaces and spectacles of the female courtier

6. The monastery I have built in this city of Madrid: mapping Juana of Austria’s royal spaces in the Descalzas Reales convent (Annemarie Jordan Gschwend)

7. Ladies-in-waiting at the Spanish Habsburg palaces and convents, the Alcázar and the Descalzas Reales (1570–1603): spaces and representations of identity and agency (Vanessa de Cruz Medina).

8. Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Éboli: image, myth, and person (Trevor J. Dadson).

9. The Relação do torneio que fizeram as damas da Rainha Nossa Senhora, a noite do Baptisado do Sr Infante D. Pedro…: identification and the spectacle of court culture (Jeremy Roe).

10. The use, significance and projection of artistic objects in the life and exequies of the VI Duchess of Aveiro (Gema Rivas Gómez Calcerrada).

   Part III: Rethinking regal iconography: the materiality and ideology of symbolism

11. The Queen Consort in Castile and Portugal: María of Aragon (b. 1403–d. 1445), Queen of Castile and Leonor of Aragon (b. 1405/1408–d. 1445), Queen of Portugal (Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues).

12. Mariana de Austria: the ideal bride and saviour of the Habsburg Monarchy (Inmaculada Rodríguez Moya).

13. Dresses, portraits and spaces: female identities at the Royal Alcázar (1621–1665). (Laura Oliván Santaliestra).

14. Queen Catherine, a Bragança in seventeenth-century London: cultural legacy, identity and political ‘individuality’ (Susana Varela Flor).