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

Jesús Escobar 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 “Architecture and Spaces of Power in Seventeenth-Century Madrid,” which examines government buildings and public spaces in Madrid during a time of profound political change. Other forthcoming publications consider seventeenth-century architecture in Seville and Santiago de Compostela, early modern religious architecture in the whole of the Spanish Empire, and a historiographical exploration of Spanish Habsburg architecture. Select publications are 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 2017-18, he will teach a lecture course on European architecture and urbanism from 1600 to 1750 and an undergraduate/graduate seminar on early modern cartography. Professor Escobar currently holds the honorific Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair at Northwestern.

Program Area: Architecture and Urbanism, Early Modern

Regional Specialization: Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe

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

Selected Publications

Jesús Escobar. “Philip II and El Escorial.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Art History. Ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 27 June 2017.

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

Jesús Escobar, "Architecture in the Age of the Spanish Habsburgs," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75/3 (2016): 258-262.