Francisco Pacheco (1564–1644), the foremost Spanish art theorist of his generation, worked on his manuscript Libro de verdaderos retratos (Book of true portraits) for more than forty years. This essay addresses how the visual cultures of Pacheco’s Seville, especially the city’s reimagined imperial Roman past, Catholic Counter-Reformation image praxis, and visual conventions of Renaissance humanism, shaped his conception of how an illustrious past could be recovered and shown.
Francisco Pacheco’s Book of True Portraits: Humanism, Art, and the Practice of “Visual History”
Randall Meissen is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Southern California and predoctoral fellow at the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He has held short-term fellowships at the Huntington Library; the John Carter Brown Library; and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University.
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Randall Meissen; Francisco Pacheco’s Book of True Portraits: Humanism, Art, and the Practice of “Visual History”. Representations 1 February 2019; 145 (1): 32–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.145.1.32
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