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To the Glory of God and Personal Pride. Monuments with Heraldic Programmes as Expression of Art Patronage in Late Medieval Transylvania

Transylvania is one of the most eastern historical regions of Europe where from the Middle Ages heraldry was present in its whole complexity. Its connection to the Western Civilisation is furthermore demonstrated by the presence of its heraldic heritage in the great corpus on heraldry initiated by Johann Siebmacher (Das grosses und allgemeines Wappenbuch. Der Adel von Siebenbürgen. Nürnberg, 1898). A great number of arms have been discovered since...

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Le programme de recherche ARMMA (CESCM, Université de Poitiers). Pour un Armorial Monumental du Moyen Age

Dès le milieu du XIIIe siècle, les armoiries devinrent un élément omniprésent dans l’horizon visuel de l’homme médiéval. Elles apparaissaient sur tous types de supports et de bâtiments et étaient chargées de fonctions sémiotiques multiples, qui dépassaient largement la seule fonction d’identification des personnes. Les armoiries, isolées ou insérées dans des programmes plus vastes, marquaient la propriété d’un objet ou d’un immeuble, signalaient le commanditaire d’une œuvre d’art, permettaient...

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Konkretes Abbild oder abstrakte Vorstellung? Zur Interpretation des Wappenfrieses im Festsaal des Kardinals Gaillard de La Motte in Avignon (Les fastes du cardinal Gaillard de La Motte)

Zum ersten Mal in der Kirchengeschichte wurde im Jahr 1334 die Stadt Avignon zum Austragungsort einer Papstwahl, obwohl bereits 25 Jahre zuvor unter Clemens V. die päpstliche Residenz dorthin verlegt worden war. Seinem Neffen, dem ebenfalls aus Bordeaux stammenden Gaillard de La Motte wurde als Kardinal und Apostolischer Protonotar die Ehre zuteil, den erwählten Benedikt XII. im Januar 1335 zum Papst zu krönen und damit in sein Amt einzuführen....

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Jones, Tanja (Tuscaloosa, AL): Vivified Heraldry: On Pisanello’s Medallic Imagery

Analyses of the earliest cast portrait medals, produced by Pisanello from the late 1430s through the 1440s, often focus on identifying ancient numismatic sources for the imagery found on the small, sculpted works of art, a pursuit consonant with the traditional identification of the objects as reviving antique traditions of personal commemoration. Less considered is Pisanello’s adoption, manipulation, and vivification of heraldic insignie in medallic imagery. Focusing on medals...

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CfP: Heraldic artists and painters in the Middle Ages, Journées Héraldiques 4, Poitiers (CESCM), 10th-11th April 2014

(version française ci-dessous) When it comes to heraldic depictions in the Middle Ages, the role of the artists has been neglected for a long time. However, it is well known that the most famous painters and sculptors of their time were commissioned to carry out such depictions that played an important part in the public representation of the prince. The big names of art history such as the Limbourg...

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Heraldry in ceiling paintings – a panel discussion at the 6th conference of the RCPPM in Montpellier (October 18, 2013)

At the 6th conference of the RCPPM, there will be a panel discussion on noble heraldry which I will attend as a panellist as well. The RCPPM (Charpentes et plafonds peints médiévaux) is an association dedicated to ceiling paintings and illustrated beams – a “lieu des images” which has been rediscovered as a source for historical and art-historical research only some 20 years before. The association wants to promote...