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Pablo Vázquez-Gestal

Universidad Complutense

A king's treasures: Charles of Bourbon and the display of Herculaneum's antiquities, 1738–1746


Pablo Vázquez-Gestal is an early modern historian who studies the court traditions and representational strategies of the eighteenth-century European monarchies. He completed his PhD at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 2008. Presently he is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, having previously been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Research Fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici in Naples. His monograph entitled El espacio del poder ("The Space of Power") was published in 2005. In 2009 he received the Pablo de Olavide Prize for his book on the political culture of the Spanish crown in the eighteenth century. His current project analyzes different models of self-representation in the court of Charles of Bourbon in Naples.