Jesús Escobar Department Chair; Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair

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 larger Spanish world. His book The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paper, 2009), explored 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. He is currently at work on a follow-up project tentatively titled “Baroque Madrid: Architecture, Space, and the Spanish Habsburgs,” which examines buildings and public spaces in Madrid during a time of profound political change. Forthcoming publications consider seventeenth-century architecture in Seville and Santiago de Compostela as well as early modern religious architecture in the whole of the Spanish Empire. He has also recently published an article on a 1656 map of Madrid as a representation of Spanish Habsburg political ideals that is available for download below.

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 in 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.

In 2015-16, he will teach a survey course on Baroque art in Italy and Spain and an undergraduate seminar on the painter Diego Velázquez’s career at court in Madrid. He currently holds the honorific Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair at Northwestern. 

Program Area: Architecture and Urbanism, Renaissance/Baroque

Regional Specialization: Latin America, Europe and the Transatlantic

Regional Interests:  Architecture and urbanism in the Spanish Habsburg world, Baroque visual culture, early modern cartography 

Selected Publications

Jesús Escobar, "Map as Tapestry: Science and Art in Pedro Teixeira's 1656 Representation of Madrid," Art Bulletin 96/1 (2014): 50-69.