Jesús Escobar (Ph.D., 1996, Princeton; Associate Professor) teaches courses and publishes scholarship on the art, architecture, and urbanism of early modern Spain, Italy, and the Spanish world. His book The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paper, 2009) explores the interchange of architecture and politics in the evolution of Madrid from a secondary city of Castile to the seat of a global empire. The book won the Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies and was published in a Spanish-language edition in 2008 by Editorial Nerea. Professor Escobar is currently at work on the book “Baroque Madrid: Architecture, Space, and the Spanish Habsburgs,” which examines buildings and public spaces in Madrid within the context of developments in architecture, urbanism, and imperial governance in the larger Spanish world. His forthcoming publications include essays dealing with seventeenth-century architecture in Seville and Santiago de Compostela, early modern religious architecture in the whole of the Spanish Empire, and a 1656 map of Madrid. In 2013-14, he will offer a graduate seminar on the Court of Philip IV and an introductory-level survey of European art, 1400 to 1750.
Professor Escobar serves as Editor for the scholarly book series, Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies, published by Penn State University Press and is an active member of a number of professional societies. Prior to arriving at Northwestern, he taught at Fairfield University and held visiting professorships at MIT and Columbia. His research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Publications for download
Jesús Escobar, "Map as Tapestry: Science and Art in Pedro Teixeira's 1656 Representation of Madrid," Art Bulletin 96/1 (2014): 50-69.
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