Category: The Performance of Coats of Arms (Torsten Hiltmann)

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[Report:] Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms, Münster 16-18 March

On 16-18 March 2016 the workshop Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms took place in Münster. The origins of this workshop lay in the challenges of understanding the function of the heraldic display in one particular state-room: the sala dos brasões of the National Palace in Sintra, Portugal, dating from the early sixteenth century. The ceiling of this hall presents the coats of arms of the Portuguese royal...

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[Paper:] History on the Walls and Windows to the Past: Heraldic Commemoration of Urban Identity in Late Medieval Town Halls (Marcus Meer)

In medieval town halls, coats of arms were a prominent visual means of expressing urban (civic) identity. A core element of this identity was the commemoration of an urban history that was not at all limited to the texts of city chronicles. To the contrary, in this presentation I will explore the commemorative function of heraldic signs as part of urban material and visual culture in German and English...

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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

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...

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A treasure hidden in plain sight. The armorial behind the Schichtbuch

This is the first post in a new series on armorials, in which each time a manuscript from the digitized armorials list will be highlighted (click here for the list). The armorial will not be treated in full, but specific aspects, problems or ideas will be discussed. Your thoughts on these issues are valuable and therefore you are more than welcome to share your ideas and comments. Manuscript The...

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[Project:] Heraldry and Urban Visual Culture in Late Medieval England and Germany

The medieval city was a stage of heraldry: It was displayed on the city gates and towers, the façades of the burghers’ houses and the merchants’ and craftsmen’s shops, on the ceilings and walls of the town hall, the stained glass and epitaphs of the city’s churches, the commune’s seals and coins. It was part of the visual programme of urban rituals such as the ruler’s entry, civic processions,...

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[CfP] 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

(version française ci-dessous) 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...

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Tatort gesichert: Große Tagung im königlichen Palast in Sintra 2017 – und weitere Neuigkeiten aus dem „Performanz der Wappen“ Projekt

Vor zwei Wochen war ich für ein paar Tage in Lissabon. Zum einen, um auf Einladung von Miguel Metelo de Seixas einen Vortrag am ehrwürdigen Instituto Português de Heráldica zu halten, zumal an deren ganz besonderen Versammlungsort im Convento do Carmo – einem beim großen Erdbeben 1755 zerstörten und danach nur teilweise wiederaufgebauten Karmeliterkloster direkt über der Stadt. Unter dem Titel „Anciennes définitions et nouvelles perspectives : Qu’est-ce que sont des...

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[Rapport:] « Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d’une vision intégrée du monument et de ses images » Bathala, 25-26 Septembre 2015

Au long de deux journées, le 25 et 26 septembre, le monastère de Batalha a accueilli le colloque « Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d’une vision intégrée du monument et de ses images » (programme ci-joint). Cette rencontre, organisée par Miguel Metelo de Seixas, Torsten Hiltmann, João Portugal et Joaquim Ruivo, est le premier colloque réalisé au sein du projet “In the service of the...

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Der Vandalismus des Hanns Hawsner? Heraldische Selbstdarstellung auf Schloss Runkelstein (1494)

Gleich in doppelter Weise ist dieser Beitrag ein Nebenprodukt. Er geht einerseits auf die Erarbeitung eines Aufsatzes zurück, den ich vor ein paar Wochen an die Herausgeber gesandt habe. Zum anderen auf eine paar sehr schöne Tage im letzten Herbst in Südtirol. Bei dem Aufsatz, der im Zusammenhang mit der Tagung „Images de soi dans l’univers domestique XIIIe – XVIe siècles“ entstand, geht es vor allem um die Frage,...

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[CfA:] Batalha: lugar de memória da dinastia de Avis. À procura de uma visão integrada do monumento e das suas imagens (Batalha: lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d’une vision intégrée du monument et de ses images), Colloque, 25-26 septembre 2015, Batalha (P)

L’objectif du colloque « Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis » est de saisir le rôle que ce monastère joua dans la construction de l’image que la maison royale portugaise créa et  projeta d’elle-même, ayant recours à des ressources complémentaires (architecture, peinture, sculpture, vitraux, orfèvrerie, iconographie, héraldique, devises) et en liaison avec une forte dimension doctrinale.  Pour ce faire, le colloque veut réunir historiens, historiens de l’art et héraldistes...

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[Paper:] Marcus Meer (Münster), Signs of Identity, Signs of the City: Heraldic Display of Urban Identity in the Augsburg Chronicle and the Gossembrot Armorial

The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2012) also features an article on ‘Heraldry’. Unfortunately, however, in this article the relation of heraldry to historiography is largely limited to its place as a ‘border decoration’ of manuscripts and a ‘means of identifying’ the author, commissioner or owner of a chronicle. In my presentation I would like to argue—as does the ‘The Performance of Coats of Arms’ project in Münster —that...

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[Paper:] Elmar Hofman (Münster), What is an armorial? Presentation in Münster, 20 May

Everybody agrees that the Bellenville manuscript is an armorial. It exclusively consists of collections of coats of arms. However, manuscripts are often not as homogenous as Bellenville. Some works we regard as armorials do not only hold collections of coats of arms, but texts and images as well, while other works with text, images and some collections of coats of arms are not considered armorials. What is the difference?...