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Heraldry in the royal palace of Sintra: ‘In the Service of the Crown’ project on national TV in Portugal

The show Visita Guiada (‘Guided Visit’) by Portuguese journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro is currently the most popular program of Portugal’s public broadcasting channel RTP 2. Every week, a Portuguese monument of cultural importance is presented by a specialist, generally a historian. Last week, the chosen monument was the royal palace in Sintra and its sala dos brasões (‘hall of coats of arms’). It was presented by Miguel Metelo de...

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Recent publications – Update May 2017

Books Barbattini, R., M. Ghirardi and G. Giovinazzo, Api delle città. La figura dell’ape nell’araldica civica italiana (San Godenzo, 2016) Büchner, Robert, Das Münchner Boten- und Wappenbuch vom Arlberg (Frankfurt, 2016) Fragale, Luca Irwin, Microstoria e Araldica di Calabria Citeriore e di Cosenza. Da fonti documentarie inedite (Milano, 2016) Articles and chapters Barovier Mentasti, R., L. Borelli, C. Tonini, ‘Dating the Venetian Rovere Flask at The Corning Museum of...

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[Question:] Dear heraldists, we need your input: How did you learn to blazon?

Dear heraldists, dear fellow researchers, As a part of my studies, I am looking at concepts of ‚proper‘ blazon in general, and differences and parallels between the English, French, and German systems and traditions of blazoning in particular. For example, I plan to do some work on the ways in which heraldic ordinaries and charges are categorised and the rationale behind these categorisations. In this context, I am curious...

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A dream’s armorial: The heraldic paintings of the Galleria dei Papi in Oriolo Romano (Viterbo, Italy)

In central Italy, between Rome and Viterbo, a land of forests frequented and feared for millennia[1] includes a town of dreams. This is Oriolo Romano, built in 1562 by the roman nobleman Giorgio Santacroce who gave stable accommodation to the seasonal huts of lumberjacks by a new town in line with Renaissance ideals. Three parallel streets converge on the square of the princely building in a trident structure similar to...

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Weder Schild noch Wappen? Zur Suggestivkraft präheraldischer Handschriftenilluminationen

  Während der Quellenrecherche zu einer Seminararbeit zu den Anfängen des Wappenwesens stieß ich auf eine faszinierende heraldische Bildquelle, die mich aufgrund meines Erkenntnisinteresses zunächst zu einer gravierenden Fehlinterpretation verleitete, aber letztlich doch vieles über den Umgang mit Bildern als Quelle gelehrt hat. Ich betrachtete zunächst Handschriftenilluminationen, deren Digitalisate in großen französischen und englischsprachigen Bilddatenbanken mittlerweile frei zugänglich sind, darunter zum Beispiel Mandragore, Enluminures, Initiale, Gallica der Digital Catalogue of...

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A world (map) of coat of arms: Richental’s mappamundi

The Aulendorf copy of Richental’s chronicle, today preserved in New York, is rightly famous as an important textual witness not only of the chronicle but also the armorial transmitted with the latter (see https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/2854 on the manuscript and the coats of arms it contains). Today, I would like to draw attention to a slightly hidden feature of the Aulendorf manuscript, namely the mappamundi it contains – a so-called ‘T-O...

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[Paper:] Marie Koehn (Strasbourg, F / Münster, D): Décor de table et mise en scène du pouvoir princière. Le mariage de Charles le Téméraire (1468)

Charles le Téméraire est connu pour son déploiement de faste représentatif ; la cour de Bourgogne marque l’apogée de la culture de cour au moyen âge. Pour manifester le pouvoir et l’autonomie de la jeune dynastie entre la France et le Saint Empire et pour unifier un territoire très hétérogène, le Duc de Bourgogne mit en place une autoreprésentation élaborée et splendide tout au long de son règne. Les...

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[Paper:] Silvia Marin Barutcieff, Ștefan Barutcieff (Bucharest, RO): From Sacred Art to the Art of Politics. Mural Paintings and the 15th Century Iconographic Discourse of St. George’s Castle in Mantua

In 1433, Gianfrancesco Gonzaga became the first marquess of Mantua, a title granted by Emperor Sigismund in recognition of his services to the Holy Roman Empire. Succeeding his father, Ludovico III Gonzaga ruled the Lombard city from 1444 to 1478, as the second marquess of Mantua. Having completed his education in the company of outstanding figures (such as the humanist Vittorino Rambaldini da Feltre, his tutor), Ludovico invited at...

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Heraldry in early-modern Spain according to the picaresque novel (1554–1668)

I have recently published an article in which I analyze the heraldic information contained in a total of twenty-seven Spanish picaresque novels from the years 1554 to 1668. Faced with the fantastic novel of chivalry, the realistic setting of the picaresque allows a better approach to the daily heraldic practices in Spain during the Early Modern Age, as well as to the perception of the coat of arms. A...

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L’héraldique sculptée à Florence 1400-1530: À propos de la thèse de doctorat soutenu par Anne-Laure Connesson en décembre dernier

Le 2 décembre dernier, Anne-Laure Connesson soutenait à l’Université d’Amiens une thèse pour le doctorat d’histoire de l’art moderne dirigée par le professeur Philippe Sénéchal et consacrée a l’héraldique sculptée à Florence 1400-1530. Ce sujet inédit est aussi un sujet d’histoire de l’art consacré à l’héraldique, exercice rarissime qui est aussi la preuve que les temps changent. Ce travail d’Anne-Laure Connesson donne raison à l’article de Francis Salet « emblématique...

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[Paper:] Torsten Hiltmann: Digitale Erschließung und Analyse heraldischer Quellen – Berlin, Verein “Herold”, 25. Februar 2017

Die Digitalisierung bringt erheblichen Umbrüche mit sich. Dies gilt auch für die Wissenschaften. Die damit einhergehenden Herausforderungen für die Geschichtswissenschaft wurden vor einiger Zeit anhand eines Positionspapiers des Historikerverbands näher diskutiert[1]. Die Hilfswissenschaften und die Digitalisierung Mit der Digitalisierung umfangreicher Quellenbestände hat sich unseren Zugriff auf die Quellen erheblich verändert. In Form von Digitalisaten stehen uns zumindest Abbildungen der Texte und Bilder in ungekannter Breite zur Verfügung. Um diese...

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[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...