Author: Heraldica Nova

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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 as a Part of Festive Decoration in Villa Lanthieri in Vipava (Helena Seražin)

The visit of Emperor Leopold I to Carniola and the County of Gorizia in the autumn of 1660 encouraged local aristocracy to modify their homes and embellish them with artworks. On his way from Ljubljana to Gorizia the emperor with his escort spent one night in Lanthieri villa at Vipava. To honour this visit and show his loyalty to the Emperor, Antonio Count Lanthieri decorated the ground floor ceiling...

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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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[Paper:] Heraldic Self-Representation in Aristocratic Residences in Rome and Lazio (1500-1630) (Andreas Rehberg)

From a note of Marcantonio Altieri, a significant representative of the upper classes of Rome around 1500, we know that the roman nobility in its palaces exposed the “antique insegne” of the relatives and family friends. Although, according to Altieri, this custom was already 200 years old, only few of these heraldic programs survived. These frescoes and ceilings originate entirely from the 16th and 17th centuries. The lecture would...

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[Paper:] Spaces of Many-Faced Majesty. Heraldic Church Interior and the Redefinition of Rule During the Dutch Revolt (Steven Thiry)

It is commonplace that princely ensigns armorial embodied dynastic continuity and rightful territorial possession. Either impressing elites in an exclusive palace setting or showered upon the masses by the ephemeral machinery of festive spectacle, they are usually considered plain instruments of worldly domination. However, their iconography was not always that uncomplicated. The Spanish Monarchy’s heraldic patrimony in particular consisted of various symbolic conventions, evoking a strenuous history of state...

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[Paper:] Cycles héraldiques aux pieds des monts: typologies, sens et évolution des salles armoriées des Alpes occidentales (XIVe-XVIIe siècle) (Luisa Gentile)

Ces dernières années, les Alpes Occidentales ont été étudiées à plusieurs reprises dans une perspective artistique, en tant que région ayant un caractère spécifique, entre le Moyen Age et le début de l’Epoque moderne. Peut-on faire de même pour l’héraldique des salles d’apparat? La question sera analysée à partir du côté italien, sans oublier – autant qu’il sera possible – de trouver des termes de comparaison dans le reste...

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[Paper:] Le décor héraldique de l’Eglise des Jacobins de Poitiers (Laurent Hablot)

Un relevé réalisé par Boudan pour Roger de Gaignières au début du XVIIIe siècle nous permet de conserver le souvenir d’un important décor héraldique peint dans l’église conventuelle des Jacobins de Poitiers. Aujourd’hui disparu, ce décor intéresse depuis longtemps les érudits locaux qui ont voulu y voir le souvenir héraldique des morts de la bataille de Poitiers (1356) inhumés dans l’enceinte du couvent. Si, comme toute légende, celle-ci semble...

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[Paper:] A New Dawn: Heraldry in the Palace of Facets in the Moscow Kremlin in Late 15th Century (Elena Kashina)

This paper shall seek to examine the heraldic display in the Palace of Facets (1491), the principal Reception Hall of the rulers of Muscovy, at the time of its construction, under Ivan III the Great (1440-1505), in the context of the new geo-political situation which followed the fall of Constantinople, and the formation of the doctrine of the historic role of Russia as the Third Rome and heir to...

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[Paper:] Impérial, dynastique ou local ? Les décors intérieurs des hôtels de ville et de châtellenies dans le comté de Flandre au milieu du règne de Charles Quint (Pierre Couhault)

Bien avant l’or des Indes et la bourse d’Anvers, la puissance économique et politique des villes de Flandre fut un des piliers de l’empire de Charles Quint. Rétrospectivement, son règne fut considéré comme une période d’apogée, entre les guerres de la fin du principat bourguignon et les troubles religieux de la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle. Dans le pays natal de l’empereur, villes et châtellenies profitèrent de leur bonne...

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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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[Paper:] Facebook avant la lettre: Real and Fictive Friends in Medieval Urban Houses (Sabine Sommerer)

From the 14th century onwards, the decoration of medieval halls culminated  in painted coats of arms commemorating the status of their owner. Interestingly, heraldic friezes also integrated imaginary arms. They were displayed side by side with real existing ones, as for example in the Haus zum Loch in Zurich. Similarly, at the Schönes Haus in Basel, the eyes of the distinguished guests were caught by playful variations of heraldic...

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[Paper:] Stratégies héraldiques dans les palais publics toscans entre XIVe et XVe siècle: Le cas particulier des façades (Anne-Laure Connesson)

À partir de la fin du XIIe siècle, les pouvoirs publics entreprirent la construction de nombreux palais tant dans les centres dominants de la Toscane comme Florence ou Sienne, que dans les cités de moindre importance qui, entre le XIVe et le XVe siècle, tombèrent les unes après les autres, sous le joug florentin. Les façades des palais publics toscans présentent une physionomie qui, si elle se retrouve dans...