Tagged: heraldry

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

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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[Paper:] Lucie Jardot: Les sceaux des comtesses de Flandre et de Hainaut (XIIIe-XVe siècles). Des représentations princières au pouvoir politique, le discours par l’image et ses problématiques matrimoniales – Paris, 16 février 2017

Comme la plupart des femmes de leur rang, les comtesses de Flandre et de Hainaut, se dotent à l’occasion de leur mariage d’un sceau les représentant, jusqu’au milieu du XIVème siècle, en pieds accostées des armes de leur père et de leur époux. Après cette période on assiste à la modification de ce modèle. Dès lors, ce type de figuration est abandonné au profit de l’héraldique. Cette intervention est...

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La base ArmmA: Armorial monumental du Moyen Âge est en ligne

La base ArmmA (http://base-armma.edel.univ-poitiers.fr/), élaborée sous un logiciel WordPress par le service informatique I-Médias de l’Université de Poitiers, constitue l’interface web du programme de recherche Armorial Monumental du Moyen Âge lancé en janvier 2014 au Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale de l’Université de Poitiers. Dirigé par Matteo Ferrari (CNRS-CESCM) et Laurent Hablot (Paris, EPHE), ce programme de recherche vise, sur le long terme, à offrir une couverture la...

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The baron who became an architect: (mis-)remembering Konrad Grünenberg (d. 1494)

Konrad Grünenberg (d. 1494) and his armorial for a long time have attracted the attention of heraldists; in the late 19th c. in particular, his work was praised by German heraldists as one of the most important medieval armorials, if not the greatest armorial ever. At Konstanz, he was remembered as well; several local historians studied his life and works, and a small street was named after him. The...

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[Paper:] Display, Deface, Destroy: Heraldische Kommunikation als Medium adeliger Repräsentation und städtischen Protests – Münster, 01.02.2017

Obwohl die Heraldik in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung beinahe exklusiv in den Sphären von Rittertum und Adel verortet zu sein scheint, waren Wappen doch auch in der Stadt des Mittelalters ein allgegenwärtiger Anblick. Stadtbürger waren von ihrem Gebrauch keineswegs ausgeschlossen: Tatsächlich zierten die Wappen der Bürgerfamilien und ihrer korporativen Zusammenschlüsse wie Gilden, Bruderschaften und, in Gestalt des Stadtwappens, der Bürgergemeinschaft selbst in vielerlei Form die Türme und Tore, Rat-, Zunft-...

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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...