Category: The Performance of Coats of Arms (Torsten Hiltmann)

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The Heraldry of the Weavers’ Guild of Augsburg: Mythical Origins and Everyday Display of Corporate Heraldry in Clemens Jäger’s ‘Weberchronik’

Clemens Jäger’s Weberchronik [1], a sixteenth-century chronicle dedicated to the history of the weavers’ guild of Augsburg, is a formidable example to demonstrate how urban chronicles can be used to analyse the importance of heraldry in urban society, especially in terms of coats of arms as an element of civic identity and collective representation. In this blog post, I am not so much interested in the heraldic illuminations that...

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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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The material of the Berry armorial

This is the second post in the series on armorials, in which each time a manuscript from the digitized armorials list will be highlighted (click here for the list). The armorial will not be treated in full, but specific aspects, problems or ideas will be discussed. Your thoughts on these issues are valuable and therefore you are more than welcome to share your ideas and comments.   Paris, BnF,...

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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:] 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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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...

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A treasure hidden in plain sight. The armorial behind the Schichtbuch

This is the first post in a new series on armorials, in which each time a manuscript from the digitized armorials list will be highlighted (click here for the list). The armorial will not be treated in full, but specific aspects, problems or ideas will be discussed. Your thoughts on these issues are valuable and therefore you are more than welcome to share your ideas and comments. Manuscript The...

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[Project:] Heraldry and Urban Visual Culture in Late Medieval England and Germany

The medieval city was a stage of heraldry: It was displayed on the city gates and towers, the façades of the burghers’ houses and the merchants’ and craftsmen’s shops, on the ceilings and walls of the town hall, the stained glass and epitaphs of the city’s churches, the commune’s seals and coins. It was part of the visual programme of urban rituals such as the ruler’s entry, civic processions,...

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[CfP] 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

(version française ci-dessous) 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...

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Tatort gesichert: Große Tagung im königlichen Palast in Sintra 2017 – und weitere Neuigkeiten aus dem „Performanz der Wappen“ Projekt

Vor zwei Wochen war ich für ein paar Tage in Lissabon. Zum einen, um auf Einladung von Miguel Metelo de Seixas einen Vortrag am ehrwürdigen Instituto Português de Heráldica zu halten, zumal an deren ganz besonderen Versammlungsort im Convento do Carmo – einem beim großen Erdbeben 1755 zerstörten und danach nur teilweise wiederaufgebauten Karmeliterkloster direkt über der Stadt. Unter dem Titel „Anciennes définitions et nouvelles perspectives : Qu’est-ce que sont des...

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[Rapport:] « Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d’une vision intégrée du monument et de ses images » Bathala, 25-26 Septembre 2015

Au long de deux journées, le 25 et 26 septembre, le monastère de Batalha a accueilli le colloque « Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d’une vision intégrée du monument et de ses images » (programme ci-joint). Cette rencontre, organisée par Miguel Metelo de Seixas, Torsten Hiltmann, João Portugal et Joaquim Ruivo, est le premier colloque réalisé au sein du projet “In the service of the...

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Der Vandalismus des Hanns Hawsner? Heraldische Selbstdarstellung auf Schloss Runkelstein (1494)

Gleich in doppelter Weise ist dieser Beitrag ein Nebenprodukt. Er geht einerseits auf die Erarbeitung eines Aufsatzes zurück, den ich vor ein paar Wochen an die Herausgeber gesandt habe. Zum anderen auf eine paar sehr schöne Tage im letzten Herbst in Südtirol. Bei dem Aufsatz, der im Zusammenhang mit der Tagung „Images de soi dans l’univers domestique XIIIe – XVIe siècles“ entstand, geht es vor allem um die Frage,...