Tagged: state-rooms

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[paper] Isabel Monteiro (Lisbon): Music in Portuguese Renaissance Courts: Performers, Contexts and Places

The expression ‘heraldic music’ has been used to describe musical bands of a significant number of trumpets, kettle drums and shawms suitable to accompany solemn courtly and other ceremonial events, although we do not know much about the music they actually played. It is certainly not necessary to remind the fact that no great lord did not make use of music to present his class and power, standing in...

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[paper] Dorit Malz (Florence): Jupiter and Neptune as Emperor Charles V and Andrea I Doria. Changing allusions at the Genovese court

The iconographic repertoire of Emperor Charles V, who was traveling restlessly through Europe until his abdication, extends from tapestries and medals to countless ephemeral apparati using different personalities from mythology, history, and biblical history, like Hercules, Neptune, Alexander the Great, Furius Camillus, Augustus and so on. Thereby the commissioner glorified himself or as one of these prototypes or as an accompanying person. It was consequently adopted by  Italian rulers...

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[paper] Julie Marquer (Lyon): Les salles d’apparat de l’Alcazar du roi Pierre Ier à Séville (XIVe siècle)

L’Alcazar de Pierre Ier de Castille construit à Séville entre 1356 et 1366 constitue un bon exemple du rôle que peut jouer l’architecture dans le renforcement du pouvoir royal. L’historien de l’art Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza et l’architecte Antonio Almagro, ont montré que les palais de ce roi sont au coeur de son projet politique qui consiste à renforcer et centraliser le pouvoir royal. Dans la lignée de ces...

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Programme: 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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[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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[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...

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[Paper:] Pour une typologie des décors monumentaux armoriés dans le royaume de France au Moyen Age (Christian de Mérindol)

Les décors monumentaux armoriés sont une source en situation – la salle, la demeure, la cité, la province, le royaume et hors le royaume -, un reflet de la société – outre le roi et son entourage, l’aristocratie, les patriciens et les membres de l’Eglise -, enfin une source qu’il faut placer dans des séries iconographiques et confronter à d’autres supports. Si les décors évoquent le contexte, reflètent la...

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[Paper:] The Gothic Drawing Room of Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. A.W.N. Pugins reception of a medieval interior (Judith Berger)

The United Kingdom possesses numerous seigneurial estates, which form an all-encompassing network and serve as control as well as administrative tool of the monarchy. Their owners use them for their political ascent, the legitimization of their power, and utilize them as symbols of political, social and later economic power. Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, combines all of these features. Furthermore, the design of its interiors proceeds with this symbolism. Not the...

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[paper:] Noble and Royal Heraldic Display in the Great Palace of the Hunedoara Castle (Radu Lupescu)

The castle of Hunedoara houses the most complex heraldic programmes among the medieval residences of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom consisting of almost seventy coat of arms. Twenty-eight of them decorates the Great Palace of the castle, a construction started to be built by John Hunyadi and finished by his son, King Matthias Corvinus. This is the reason why two generation of heraldic decoration are displayed in the interior spaces...

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[Paper:] Heraldic Display on the Castles of “New Men” in the Late Middle Ages (Audrey Thorstad)

Past scholarship has argued that the new men of the Tudor dynasty represented themselves through to use of newly acquired heraldic devices to match their newly bestowed titles. Recently, however it has been shown that these newly created men were using royal heraldry on their residences. This identified them as loyal subjects to the king, but there is more to these outward displays of loyalty. Men such as Sir...

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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...