Tagged: Early Modern

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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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A new Grünenberg copy from Brno

Konrad Grünenberg (d. 1494) is rightly famous for having had one of the greatest armorials of the Middle Ages. For a long time now, heraldists, art historians and (increasingly) historians have studied Grünenberg’s great work, but only recently the popularity of this giant collection of coat of arms has become evident, as new copies were discovered. If you want to learn about these discoveries, look no further than the...

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Digitized armorials list restructured with an expanded focus

Libraries and archives industriously digitize manuscripts and therefore our digitized armorials list is continuously expanding. Since last year, the list has grown from only a couple of entries to 70 armorials. To maintain an overview on this amount of armorials, we have decided to break the list down. It is now categorized by centuries. Clearly, the majority of the digitized armorials date from the 15th century, but hopefully more...

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Recent publications – Update October 2015

In the second post of this section we listed books and articles on medieval and early modern heraldry that have been published over the last year. Behind some of the titles you can click on the link for more information on the publication, such as summaries on websites of the publishers. We intend to provide an overview of recently published articles and books more regularly. To keep track of...

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[Paper:] Katja Putzer (GNM), Heraldry in Nuremberg’s Sacred Spaces: Memorial Shields of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

Until today Nuremberg’s church interiors display a vast amount of coats of arms, which can be found, for example, on altars, windows and epitaphs endowed by the city’s most influential and wealthy inhabitants. Particularly outstanding, however, are the memorial shields hanging high on the pillars and walls. In the middle ages and early modern times they were made for the male dead of the city’s elite and hung up...

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[CfP:] Héraldique & papauté : Moyen Age – temps modernes, histoire – histoire de l’art (Rome, 19-21 Mai 2016)

Au Moyen Age comme à l’époque moderne, la papauté dispose d’imaginaires variés pour alimenter sa communication institutionnelle. On pense d’abord à l’Ecriture Sainte ou à l’hagiographie, à l’histoire, antique ou récente, à la mythologie, mais on aurait tort de négliger l’héraldique. Un nouveau pape apporte avec lui les images de son blason qui paraissent sur les monnaies, sur les sceaux, sur les médailles, sur la vaisselle et les ornements...

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[Paper:] Edouard Bouyé (Dijon), Pontifes et urbanistes : le marquage héraldique des papes dans les villes de leurs États (XIII-XVIe siècles)

Timide encore avant le départ d’Avignon, le marquage héraldique de leurs États par les papes français fut motivé par le double objectif de matérialiser leur présence nouvelle dans le Comtat Venaissin et de représenter leur pouvoir en leur absence de l’autre côté des Alpes. Marqueuses d’obédience durant le Grand Schisme, les armoiries pontificales matérialisent ensuite l’œuvre urbanistique de Martin V et de ses successeurs. A partir du milieu du...

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Héraldique et numismatique II

The second volume of Héraldique et numismatique, Moyen Age-Temps modernes is out now. Edited by Yvan Loskoutoff, this work deals with the interesting theme of the uses of heraldry on coins, medals and seals. It contains twelve contributions that treat the various aspects of this topic from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The book concentrates on three geographical areas. The first four articles have their focus on France,...

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Research project: Heraldic Display and Discourse in the Early Modern Monarchy, 16th-17th Centuries

Summary The present project investigates the role of heraldry in the political culture and political representation of the early modern monarchy. It studies monarchical armorial symbolism as a dynamic visual code that was constantly reinterpreted to serve specific needs and circumstances. The royal monopolization of that visual code interfaced with the abstract notions of ‘authority’, ‘sovereignty’ and ‘dynasty’. In the process, it contributed significantly to the establishment of the...

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Marta Gomes dos Santos (Coimbra): Heraldry in the heart of a New Empire. Portugal at the end of the Middle Ages

At the end of the fifteenth century, Portugal knew a new king and, with that, a new page in the practice of heraldry. With the event of the Overseas Expansion, we will verify not only new iconographical elements in the heraldic arrangements but also, a whole new ideal that is, in fact, the culmination of a process that was being developed with the previous monarchs and the centralization of...