Programme: Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms: Towards a Typology of Heraldic Programmes in Spaces of Self-Representation – Münster, Germany, 16-18 March 2016

Sala dos Brasões (photo: HenGomes)

Sala dos Brasões (photo: HenGomes)

Heraldry was an ubiquitous element of state-rooms. Whether in palaces of kings and princes, castles of noblemen, residences of patricians, city halls or in cathedral chapters, heraldic display was a crucial element in the visual programme of these spaces. Despite its omnipresence, however, heraldic display in state-rooms remains largely understudied so far.

Given the fundamental role of heraldry in medieval and early modern visual communication, it seems essential to incorporate the study of heraldry into our understanding of the state-rooms and their functions. The heraldic programmes appear to have been intimately tied to the functions of those rooms and the strategies of self-representation and communication employed by commissioners and users of such places.

This workshop aims to explore these heraldic programmes in state-rooms in medieval and early modern Europe and to suggest an initial typology of this phenomenon. Rather than only identifying the displayed coats of arms, the different papers will address the heraldic ensembles in their entirety and locate them in their specific social and institutional contexts, aiming to further our understanding of the functions of heraldic display in the state-rooms and their visual programme.

 Programme

 

Wednesday, 16 March

14:00-14:30

Introduction
Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon)/Torsten Hiltmann (Münster): The « sala dos brasões » in context. Perspectives on the Heraldic decor in medieval and early modern state-rooms

14:30-15:30

  • Christian de Mérindol (Paris): Pour une typologie des décors monumentaux armoriés dans le royaume de France au Moyen Age [abstract]
  • Laura Ceccantini (Paris)/ Delphine Grenet (Paris): Les programmes héraldiques des demeures patriciennes et seigneuriales du sud de la France à la fin du Moyen Âge [abstract]

Coffee break

 

16:00-17:00

  • Sabine Sommerer (Zurich): Facebook avant la lettre: Real and Fictive Friends in Medieval Urban Houses [abstract]
  • Andreas Zajic (Vienna): Ambiguous Arms – Difficulties of Reading and Interpreting Heraldic Programmes in Medieval Austrian Wall Paintings [abstract]

Coffee break

 

17:30-18:30

  • Matteo Ferrari (Pisa): France et Castille. Les décors héraldiques de la « Salle de justice » de l’abbaye de Nanteuil-en-Valée [abstract]
  • Laurent Hablot (Poitiers): Le décor héraldique de l’Eglise des Jacobins de Poitiers [abstract]

 Dinner

 

Thursday, 17 March

9:00-10:00

  • James Hillson (Cambridge): Heraldry and the King’s Two Bodies: the Palace and Abbey at Westminster, 1253-1363
  • Radu Lupescu (Cluj-Napoca): Noble and Royal Heraldic Display in the Great Palace of the Hunedoara Castle [abstract]

Coffee break

 

10:30-11:30

  • María Narbona (Saragossa): Décoration héraldique et emblématique dans les salons des Rois Catholiques au Palais de l’Aljafería de Saragosse (c. 1492-1500) [abstract]
  • Elena Kashina (York): A New Dawn: Heraldry in the Palace of Facets in the Moscow Kremlin in Late 15th Century [abstract]

Coffee break

 

12:00-13:00 

  • Luisa Gentile (Turin): Cycles héraldiques aux pieds des monts: typologies, sens et évolution des salles armoriées des Alpes occidentales (XIVe-XVIIe siècle) [abstract]
  • Discussion

 Lunch

 

14:30-15:30

  • Marcus Meer (Durham): History on the Walls and Windows to the Past: Heraldic Commemoration of Urban Identity in Late Medieval Town Halls [abstract]
  • Mario Damen (Amsterdam): The visualization of noble space. Heraldic devices in the town hall of Brussels

Coffee break

 

16:00-17:00 

  • Pierre Couhault (Paris): Impérial, dynastique ou local ? Les décors intérieurs des hôtels de juridiction dans le comté de Flandre au milieu du règne de Charles Quint [abstract]
  • Steven Thiry (Antwerp): Spaces of Many-Faced Majesty. Heraldic Church Interior and the Redefinition of Rule During the Dutch Revolt [abstract]

Coffee break

 

17:30-18:30

  • Anne-Laure Connesson (Amiens): Stratégies héraldiques dans les palais publics toscans entre XIVe et XVe siècle [abstract]
  • Giampaolo Ermini (Pisa): La décoration picturale de la salle majeure du Palais de la Commune d’Orviète [abstract]

Dinner

 

Friday, 18 March

9:00-10:00 

  • Audrey Thorstad (Huddersfield): New Men with Old Heraldry? Representing the King (and Self) through Tudor Heraldry in Sixteenth-Century Great Halls of England and Wales [abstract]
  • Andreas Rehberg (Rome): Heraldic Self-Representation in Aristocratic Residences in Rome and Lazio (1500-1630) [abstract]

Coffee break

 

10:30-11:30

  • Helena Seražin (Ljubljana): Heraldic Display as a Part of Festive Decoration in Villa Lanthieri in Vipava (1659) [abstract]
  • Judith Berger (Cottbus): The Gothic Drawing Room of Eastnor Castle (1849) [abstract]

Coffee break

 

12:00-13:00

  • Conclusions and final discussion

End

 

 

Venue: Room 101, Johannisstr. 4, 48143 Münster.

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Contact: hiltmann@uni-muenster.de

Abstracts of the individual papers will successively be published on Heraldica Nova.

The workshop is organised by Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon) and Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) as part of the Portuguese-German research project “In the Service of the Crown: The Use of Heraldry in Royal Political Communication in Late Medieval Portugal“, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation.

 

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Torsten Hiltmann

Torsten Hiltmann is Juniorprofessor for the High and Late Middle Ages and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Münster. He is interested in new approaches to late medieval and early modern heraldry, the medieval notion of kingship and the methods and technologies of Digital Humanities. On hypotheses.org, he is maintaining, among others, the blog “Heraldica Nova”.

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