[CfA:] State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 15-17 March 2017 (Programme)

From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power.

Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding entourage, and received messengers and guests from other courts. Consequently, it was in these buildings that court society developed in the first place.

It is therefore not surprising that these palaces played an important part in the self-representation of the sovereign and his court, be it by the arrangement of the spaces and their permanent and ephemeral decoration, or by the common and extraordinary rituals that took place here.

In these spaces, designated state-rooms appeared to be vital for constructing an effective image of the monarchy. They were an essential, often architecturally separate part of the palatial structure. Their decors, particularly during ceremonies, reflected political interests and ambitions that were essential to the image of the prince. Outside such ceremonies, state-rooms frequently served as a meeting place of the court, or even as a point of interest to be seen and commented on by spectators and panegyrists.

By placing a particular emphasis on the decor of those state-rooms, this workshop aims to increase our insights into the relations between the architecture, decoration, and rituals of monarchical power in state-rooms from the late middle ages to the beginning of the early modern period.

(For the abstracts of the papers, please click on their title).

Programme

1st day LISBON, Carmo Convent

Wednesday, 15 March

09:00 – 09:15 – arrival of the participants, inscription

09:15 – 09:45 – welcome

09:45 – 10:30 – Opening Lecture

10:30 – 11:00 – coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 – Early State-Rooms

12:30 – 14:30 – lunch & guided tour at the Archeological Museum in the Carmo Convent

14:30 – 16:00 – State-Rooms in Italian Duchies

16:00 – 16:30 – coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 – Between Republican and Princely Décor

19:30 – dinner

2nd day SINTRA, Town Palace

Thursday, 16 March

09:11 departure from Lisbon (Rossio station)

10:30 – 10:45 – welcome at Sintra

10:45 – 11:45 – guided tour at the Town Palace

11:45 – 12:00 – coffee break

12:00 – 13:00 – The Sala dos Brasões I

13:00 – 14:30: déjeuner

14:30 – 15:30 – La Sala dos Brasões II

15:30 – 16:00 – coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 – Other state-rooms in Portugal

17:30 – 19:00 visit of the Pena Castle

19:30 dinner and return to Lisbon

3rd day LISBON, Carmo Convent

Friday, 17 March

09:00 – 10:00 – Décor and Ephemeral Art

10:00 – 10:30 – coffee break

10:30 – 11:30 – Further perspectives

11:30 – 12:00 – coffee break

12:00 – 12:30 – conclusions and final discussion

End

 

The workshop is organised by Torsten Hiltmann (Münster), Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon), and João Portugal (Lisbon) 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. It is supported furthermore by the following institutes: Palácio Nacional de Sintra; Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses; Instituto Português de Heráldica.

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Cite the article as: Torsten Hiltmann, "[CfA:] State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 15-17 March 2017 (Programme)", in: Heraldica nova. Medieval Heraldry in social and cultural-historical perspectives (blog on Hypotheses.org), published: 13/02/2017, Internet: https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/5339.

 


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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