Lepanto and Beyond

Images of Religious Alterity from Genoa and the Christian Mediterranean

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Laura Stagno, Borja Franco Llopis
  • Leuven, Belguim: 
    Leuven University Press
    , February
     325 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Battle of Lepanto, celebrated as the greatest triumph of Christendom over its Ottoman enemy, was soon transformed into a powerful myth through a vast media campaign. Lepanto – or rather, the varied storytelling and the many visual representations that contributed to shape the perception of the battle in Christian Europe – is the main focus of this book. In a broader perspective, Lepanto and Beyond also gathers reflections on the construction of religious alterity and offers analyses of specific case studies taken from different fields, investigating the figure of the Muslim captive in reality, artistic depiction, and literature. With different themes related to the Republic of Genoa, the authors also aim to redress a perceived imbalance and to restore the important role of the Genoese in the general scholarly discussion on Lepanto and its images.

Contributors: Mercedes Alcalá Galán (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Emiliano Beri (Università di Genova), Giuseppe Capriotti (Università di Macerata), Bastien Carpentier (Université Littoral Côte d'Opale), Stefan Hanß (University of Manchester), Steven Hutchinson (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Víctor Mínguez (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón), Daniele Sanguineti (Università di Genova), Laura Stagno (Università di Genova), Andrea Zappia (Università di Genova)

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Laura Stagno is associate professor of early modern art history at the University of Genoa and Scientific Director of the Museum of Palazzo del Principe in Genoa.

Borja Franco Llopis is associate professor of early modern art history at the UNED (Madrid), and principal investigator of the International Research Group "Before Orientalism: Images of the Muslim Other in Iberia."


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