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Publication de la base de données emblematiques ARMMA – Armorial monumental du Moyen Âge (Poitiers, 10 février 2017)

Le programme de recherche ARMMA (Armorial Monumental du Moyen Âge), vise à établir un recensement complet et une étude scientifique des représentations héraldiques monumentales médiévales (fin XIIe-début XVIe siècle) conservées en France. Ce corpus s’étend également aux figurations disparues mais documentées et, naturellement, aux pièces isolées conservées hors de leur contexte d’origine. Ces informations rendues accessibles par le biais d’une base de donnée en ligne (armma), s’organisent autour de...

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An Armorial Cushion for Count John of Nassau-Saarbrücken as a Knight of the ‘Ordre du Croissant’ of King René of Anjou

René of Anjou (1409–1480) was the ruler of a vast complex of territories dispersed over parts of France. Being the titular king of Sicily and Jerusalem his courtly representation was particularly splendorous as René furthered chivalric culture in many ways. In 1447/48, he founded the Order of the Crescent.1 René had religious motives for this move, in the first place his veneration of St Mauritius of Agaune, but he...

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

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...

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Florence and its Signs, part 2: The Heraldic Diagram of another Florentine Guild and the Bossolo

In my previous text on this blog, entitled ‘Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City’ (https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/4880) I presented the heraldic diagram painted at the main vault of the Palace of Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild. I proposed to interpret this image as ‘a peculiar visual political treatise’, main function of which was to legitimise the hierarchy of communities and the city’s political system. A confirmation of...

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The Arms of the Florentine Republic in the “Bossolo” (End XIV s.): An Ideal Self-Representation of the Town

In “Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City”, Anna Pomierny Wąsińska described a fresco painted by Jacopo di Cione on the main vault of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Florentine Guild (about 1360)1. She pointed out the close relation between the heraldic signs with an ideal ‘diagram’ of the town, formed of concentric circles and conceived as a «peculiar visual political treatise, which legitimises...

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Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City

In the 1360s the abstract portrayal of Florence was painted by Jacopo di Cione on the main vault of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild[i]. This heraldic diagram is a peculiar visual political treatise, which legitimises the hierarchy of communities and the city’s political system. To this end, an unusual synthesis of knowledge was used, merging aspects of perception of the communal law, relevant political treatises and,...

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„Jenseitsvorsorge und ständische Repräsentation. Interdisziplinäre Erschließung der spätmittelalterlichen Totenschilde im Germanischen Nationalmuseum“ – Aktuelle Zwischenergebnisse

Das Germanische Nationalmuseum besitzt mit rund 150 Totenschilden des 14. bis 17. Jahrhunderts den größten museal verwahrten Bestand einer Gattung, die bislang nur wenig erforscht und in der Vergangenheit vornehmlich für genealogische Studien herangezogen wurde. Es handelt sich um Gedenktafeln, die die städtischen Eliten für ihre männlichen Verstorbenen in den Kirchen, wenn möglich in der Nähe des Grabes, aufhängten. Sie zeigen das Familienwappen und weisen eine Inschrift mit dem...

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Nouvelle parution de la revue Armas e Troféus

Publiée depuis 1932, Armas e Troféus est la plus ancienne revue portugaise d’héraldique. Éditée par l’Institut Portugais d’Héraldique, elle est, dès son origine, ouverte à des articles non seulement d’héraldique mais aussi de généalogie, d’histoire sociale et d’histoire de l’art. Depuis 2011, sous la direction de Miguel Metelo de Seixas, la revue cherche à renouer avec cette ouverture à la collaboration internationale qu’elle avait déjà connue dans les années 60...

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Recent Publications – Update July 2016

A new update in our recent publications section. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of all the articles that appear in different magazines and books that are published in different languages and regions. Therefore we provide a list of recent publications in English, German and French, so you can get an overview of the latest interesting heraldic reads. This list contains publications on heraldry that have been published since...

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Heraldry as a Systematic and International Language? About the Limitations of Blazonry in Describing Coats of Arms

Usually, this blog is dedicated to approaches to heraldic sources from the perspective of cultural history. To the contrary, this post will deal with one of the central subjects of heraldry as an auxiliary science: blazoning. However, I do think that this does preclude interesting insights also from the perspective of cultural studies, since I am convinced that heraldry as such can also be studied from this perspective. As...

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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:] Ambiguous Arms – Difficulties of Reading and Interpreting Heraldic Programmes in Medieval Austrian Wall Paintings (Andreas Zajic)

The paper focusses on the problem of a sound interpretation of the puzzling late 13th century armorial paintings in the Great Hall of the so-called Gozzoburg in Krems (Lower Austria) and contrasts them to less enigmatic heraldic programmes featured in other Austrian castles, visualising aristocratic kinship bonds, ties of fealty or more complex relations between noble patrons and their clients. Andreas Zajic heads the Division of Text Edition and...