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By Vaughan Hart

Spanning from the inauguration of James I in 1603 to the execution of Charles I in 1649, the Stuart court docket observed the emergence of a whole expression of Renaissance tradition in Britain. Hart examines the effect of magic on Renaissance paintings and the way in its function as a component of royal propaganda, artwork was once used to symbolize the facility of the monarch and replicate his obvious command over the hidden forces of nature. court docket artists sought to symbolize magic as an expression of the Stuart Kings' divine correct, and later in their coverage of Absolutism, via masques, sermons, heraldry, gardens, structure and processions. As such, magic of the type enshrined in Neoplatonic philosophy and the courtroom paintings which expressed its cosmology, performed their half within the complicated explanations of the Civil warfare and the destruction of the Stuart picture which in its wake.

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