Heraldry in the Medieval City

Heraldry

CONFERENCE - Heraldry in the Medieval City: The Case of Italy in the European Context, Journées Héraldiques 5, École française de Rome, Piazza Navona 62, Roma, 5 – 7 May 2015.

The heraldic heritage of the Italian cities is still a monument to the ubiquity of heraldry in the Middle Ages. However, research into the heraldry of the Italian cities in particular, and in fact heraldry in the city in general, has remained relatively scarce. The conference Heraldry in the Medieval City: The Case of Italy in the European Context sets out to change this by bringing together heraldists, historians, art historians, historians of visual culture and urban history to propose new pespectives on heraldic signs in the city and open up new tracks for future research.

Programme

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 14:00
Introduction
* Laurent Hablot (Rome/Poitiers) and Torsten Hiltmann (Münster), Introduction
* Christoph Dartmann (Hamburg/Münster), Heraldry as element of the visual culture of late medieval Italian cities: Some remarks on culture and society of the city-communes.

Heraldry in the city
* Andreas Rehberg (Rome), Heraldry in municipal Rome: Some reflections on a scarcely studied topic
* Matteo Ferrari (Poitiers), Héraldique et « mise en signes » de l’espace urbain dans le Poitou au Moyen-Âge.

Rome
* Emiliano Bultrini (Rome), Il potere e le sue simbologie: nobiltà, araldica e topografia a Roma tra XII e XIV secolo
* Edouard Bouyé (Dijon), Pontifes et urbanistes. Le marquage héraldique des papes dans les villes de leurs États (XIII-XVIe siècles).

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 9:00
Patricians and nobility
* Luisa Gentile (Turin), L’héraldique dans les villes des Lombards
* Marc von der Höh (Bochum), Heraldry and the City: The case of Cologne (13th-15th century)
* Jean-Christophe Blanchard (Nancy), Metz, ville impériale, ville armoriale. Le patriciat, metteur en signes du théâtre urbain
* Paul-François Broucke (Amiens), Décors héraldiques et architecture sacrée dans la cité. L’exemple du duché de Bretagne à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIVe – XVe siècles)
* Laura Cirri (Florence), Sacred space and family representation in Florence during the Trecento and the Quattrocento
* Katja Putzer (Nuremberg), Heraldry in Nuremberg’s Sacred Spaces.

Heraldic representation of the city itself
* Marta Santos (Coimbra), Heraldry in Portuguese Medieval Towns. A unique context?
* Vittoria Camelliti (Udine), L’araldica nelle immagini di città tra Medioevo e Rinascimento
* Tania Lévy (Brest), Les lys et le lion. Les armoiries dans la ville de Lyon autour de 1500
* Laurent Héry (Brest), Armoiries et communication héraldique lors des entrées d’Anne de Foix dans les cités de Vénétie (1502)
* Emmanuel de Boos (AIH), Deux documents armoriés d’origine municipale : Le Biccherne de Sienne et les Annales de Toulouse.

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 9:00
Case studies
* Marco Bogade (Potsdam), Coats of arms within the Representative Iconographic Programmes of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
* Elena Paulino Montero (Florence/Madrid) and Alicia Inés Montero Málaga (Madrid), Afficher un pouvoir négocié. L’héraldique nobiliaire dans une cité du domaine royal: le cas des Velasco à Burgos au milieu du XVe siècle
* Luigi Tufano (Turin), I segni della fidelitas del nobile. Scudo regio e committenza nobiliare tra devozione e propaganda. Il caso dei Carafa nella Napoli del Quattrocento
* Philippa Woodcock (Warwick), Heraldry and Regime Change. The Trivulzio Chapel at San Nazaro, Milan, 1499-1522.

Conclusion
Conclusion in form of a round table discussion, with Michel Pastoureau (Paris), Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon) and Alessandro Savorelli (Pisa).

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Germany’s Lost Libraries of World War Two

LECTURE - Bombs on Books: Germany’s Lost Libraries of World War Two, by Dr Jan L. Alessandrini (University of St. Andrews), History of Libraries Research Seminars, The Warburg Institute, University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 – 4.30 to 6.30 pm. Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

A series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organized by and jointly sponsored by the Warburg Institute, the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

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Madonna Revisited

CALL FOR PAPERS: Madonna Revisited: Sites of Invention, Innovation, and Competition, Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual meeting, Boston, 31 March – 2 April 2016.

The Virgin and Child represents one of the most enduring visual themes in the history of Western art, and in Vasari and modern textbooks alike, the Renaissance begins with the Madonna. From Bellini and Leonardo to Michelangelo and Raphael, the early Cinquecento is one of the most fertile periods for innovative representations of this subject, and it follows that the Madonna served as a principal venue for contemporary artistic and religious debates.

Citing the Madonna of the Rocks, Rona Goffen argued that images of the Virgin furnished one of the primary sites for artistic rivalry and competition in sixteenth-century Florence. Less considered, however, are the ways in which these examples attest to networks of discourse between artists, their patrons, and the broader religious communities that collected these devotional objects.

We invite proposals that address the following questions:
* How did the Madonna become a chief arena for exchange among artists and patrons?
* What were the visual, theological, and political motors that inspired patterns of production?
* In what ways did these currents stimulate artistic response?
* What were the stakes of individual objects commissioned in this heady atmosphere?

In this panel, we seek new and original contributions that reexamine images of the Madonna in the early sixteenth century and investigate related issues of imitation, innovation, and revision among artists and patrons.

Please send abstracts (no more than 150 words) and a short CV (300-word maximum) to Emily Fenichel and Tracy Cosgriff.

Deadline: 4 May 2015.

Source: H-ArtHist

I libri della Biblioteca Capitolare di Padova

Gaibana

NEWS – Presentazione, presso il Museo Diocesano di Padova (Via Dietro Duomo 9) giovedì 7 maggio 2015 ore 16.30, dei volumi:

** I manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Capitolare di Padova, a cura di Giordana Mariani Canova, Marta Minazzato e Federica Toniolo.

** Silvia Fumian, Gli incunaboli miniati della Biblioteca Capitolare di Padova.

Intervengono: S.E.R. Mons. Antonio Mattiazzo, Francesca Flores D’Arcais e Lorena Dal Poz.

La ‘translatio studii’ dans les sciences médiévales

CONFERENCE: Byzance, Bagdad, Tolède, Paris. La translatio studii dans les sciences médiévales, Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67, Bruxelles, 6 - 8 mai 2015.

Organisé conjointement par l’ARC Speculum Arabicum (UCL) et la Fondation Boghossian, ce colloque réunit des experts dans les domaines arabo-musulman, byzantin, latin, hébraïque et roman, avec pour objectif de croiser leurs regards sur diverses thématiques en rapport avec la transmission des savoirs au Moyen Âge. Il s’adresse à une audience élargie et comprend quatre conférences et deux tables rondes, consacrées l’une à la transmission des savoirs et aux freins qui l’ont affectée, l’autre à la transmission des textes, aux bibliothèques et aux patronages.

Programme

Mercredi 6 mai 2015, 19h00
Soirée inaugurale
* Accueil par Diane Hennebert, directrice de la Fondation Boghossian
* Allocution de Vincent Blondel, Recteur de l’UCL
* Présentation du projet ARC « Speculum Arabicum », par Godefroid de Callataÿ, porteparole du projet.

Jeudi 7 mai 2015, 17h
* Daniel König (Universität Heidelberg), Radiation – transmission – réception. L’Europe latino-chrétienne dans les sources arabomusulmanes médiévales (VIIe-XVe siècles) 
* Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), Practical alchemy. Two Latin translations of Pseudo-Rāzī’s On alums and salts.

TABLE RONDE Sélection et Transmission (modérateur B. Van den Abeele), avec la participation de :
* Michel Cacouros (EPHE, Paris), Constantinople entre Alexandrie, Bagdad et Tolède : continuités et ruptures dans la tradition et l’exégèse du Corpus aristotelicum en grec et sa transmission aux mondes arabe et latin 
* Ahmed Djebbar (Université de Lille), La circulation des savoirs mathématiques entre l’Orient et l’Occident aux IXe-XVe siècles: informations complémentaires et interrogations 
* Maribel Fierro (CCHS-CSIC, Madrid), Global and local: the transmission of Arabic texts in al-Andalus 
* Alessandro Vitale Brovarone (Università di Torino), Lieux de rencontre. Langues et civilisations dans les manuscrits ‘ scientifiques ’.

Vendredi 8 mai 2015, 17h
* Baudouin Van den Abeele (Université catholique de Louvain), Une spécificité occidentale : manuscrits encyclopédiques enluminés 
* Gabriele Ferrario (Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University), The alchemical corpus preserved in the Genizah Collections at Cambridge University Library.

TABLE RONDE Livres, bibliothèques et patronages (modérateur Mattia Cavagna), avec la participation de :
* Bernard Coulie (Université catholique de Louvain), Patronage royal, monastères et bibliothèques. Un exemple à la frontière entre Orient et Occident: le Royaume arménien de Cilicie 
* Miquel Forcada (Universitat de Barcelona), The patronage of the sciences in 11th century Toledo 
* Paolo Odorico (EHESS, Paris), Inexistantes, insaisissables ou rares ? Les bibliothèques à Byzance avant la catastrophe de 1204 
* Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Université de Lausanne), Les bibliothèques des cardinaux et des papes aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles et la circulation du savoir à la cour pontificale.

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Between Heaven and Earth

CONFERENCE - Between Heaven and Earth: Ecclesiastical Patronage in Europe, 1400-1600,Third Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Symposium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, Saturday, 9 May 2015. Organised by Joost Joustra and Lydia Hansell.

In recent years, the artistic commissions of ecclesiastic and lay patrons – both individual and collective – have been a fruitful area of scholarship. Research addressing issues of sacred space, devotional practice, and the materiality of extant objects has generated new insights into the artistic provisions made for patronal commemoration and salvation. Often, however, the interests of lay and ecclesiastical patrons have been considered separately, with a lesser focus on how the differences in their status mediated a shared pursuit of commemoration in death.

Clerical patronage of art in Renaissance Europe allowed for an expression of political identity and dynastic power during life, but how did their status and role in society affect their choices for the afterlife? Were ecclesiastical patrons more acutely aware of a pressing need to make provision for their personal salvation than their lay counterparts? If so, was this reflected when commissioning commemorative or devotional art? Was the desire to secure a wider intercessory audience expressed more consciously or emphatically in the art of the clergy?

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which ecclesiastical patrons utilised devotional and commemorative art. Was there a dialogue between their individual selves and the institutions in which they chose to locate their foundations? Crucially, how do these foundations comment on ecclesiastical life and afterlife? By examining a category of patrons that was highly aware of devotional and commemorative practice, this conference seeks to gain a better understanding of art commissioned for churches by those appointed to participate in and lead them.

PROGRAMME

Session 1: Creating Ecclesiastical Sites (Chair: Lydia Hansell)
* Richard Nemec (Universität Bern), ‘De Reformatione ecclesiae’… Council and Architecture: A normative language of architecture?
* Claudius Weykonath (Bibliotheca Hertziana), The Sacro Monte di Varallo Sesia in its paraliturgical function
* Filip Malesevic (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland), Rome Unveiled: Cardinal Cesare Baronio and the Iconographic Programme in S. Giovanni in Laterano during the Post- Tridentine Papacy.

Session 2: Boundaries between Lay and Ecclesiastical Patrons (Chair: Harriette Peel)
* Katharina Weiger (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Robert of Anjou and the idea of the ‘Ecclesia Neapolitana’
* Emma Capron (Courtauld Institute of Art), ‘Mater Omnium’: Lay Patronage and Clerical Intentions in the Cadard Altarpiece
* Francesco Marcorin (IUAV, University of Venice), ‘Supra Ossa Sanctorum’: An unusual case of double patronage in 16th century Verona.

Session 3: Depicting the Ecclesiastical Patron (Chair: Joost Joustra)
* Elizabeth Dwyer (University of Virginia), Portraits and Visions in Renaissance Flanders: The Paradigm of Rogier van der Weyden
* Cloe Cavero de Carondelet (European University Institute, Florence), Seeking Intercession for the Afterlife: The Double Portraits of the Converso Cleric Luis de Oviedo and Cardinal Sandoval y Rojas
* Christel Theunissen (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Reserving a seat (on earth and in heaven): Patronage of Choir Stalls in Europe.

Session 4: Commemorating Status (Chair: Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings)
* Adrian Bremenkamp (Freie Universität Berlin), Making the Queen’s Saint: The 15th century Altarpiece of San Vincenzo Ferrer from the Church of San Pietro Martire in Naples
* Anna Wyszyńska (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), Depicted for Posterity: Jan Długosz’s ‘Catalogus archiepiscoporum gnesnensium. Vitae episcoporum cracoviensium’ illuminated by Stanislaus Samostrzelnik
* Lara Langer (University of Maryland), Sculpture as Spectacle: The Promotion of Patron and Artist within the Church.

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Book on a Stick

Book-on-a-stick

ARTICLE: Book on a stick, by Erik Kwakkel.

Both medieval manuscripts and their modern counterparts are designed to accommodate human readers. Our two hands can keep an open book under control with ease by applying gentle pressure on the outer margins of the pages. Release the pressure with your right hand and a page lifts up in the air, just enough to conveniently flip it.

With a rustling sound it travels from right to left, moved along by an impatient reader that is left in suspense for a second or two. The proportions of the page, too, are designed to accommodate consumption by human beings.

Our eyes can handle only a small number of consecutively placed words, no more than eight or so, depending on the size of the letter. As a consequence, medieval page design shifted to presenting a text in two columns rather than one, a transition that occurred over the course of the twelfth century ….

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Latin & Palaeography Summer School 2015

COURSE: The 38th Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School 2015, Keele, Staffordshire (UK), Saturday 25th – Thursday 30th July. Director of Studies: Nigel Tringham.

This summer school at Keele University (now in its 38th year) is for those wishing to acquire or improve their skills in reading and transcribing medieval and early modern documents in both Latin and English. Taken mostly from English archives (both national and local), the documents are chiefly those which are used by historians rather than literary texts.

If you need an introduction to medieval Latin or palaeography (the study of medieval and early modern handwriting), or wish to enhance the knowledge that you already have and want to meet others with the same interests, then the Keele school is designed for you, and one of its main benefits is that students are able to build up their knowledge and confidence during the week.

The school is taught in several small groups, but these are not in sessions at which students just listen to tutors and make notes. Rather, the emphasis is very much on learning the skills in reading and transcribing documents, and so involves a lot of active participation.

The approach is serious but friendly and attracts a wide range of people from both the UK and abroad: national, local, and family historians, along with archive students and postgraduate researchers. Many come back year after year, taking the opportunity to seek advice from tutors and fellow students on their own research interests and problems.

The tutors all have considerable experience in teaching adult groups, and have their own expertise in a wide range of topics, beyond palaeography. They include senior archivists, university lecturers, and local history tutors.

The school takes place at the University’s attractive campus in North Staffordshire, with accommodation in comfortable single bedrooms. The school is built around a series of small seminar groups of up to 10 or so students, each led by an expert tutor. Students attend ONE group only throughout the week.

There are two Introductory Courses: one for those with no or very little knowledge of Latin as a language (1) and the other for those who want to learn how to read and transcribe a range of medieval Latin documents (2). For those already with a good knowledge of Latin grammar and a reasonable level of palaeographical expertise, there is a choice from three Subject Courses.

To make a booking for the event please click here. You will then be taken through to our online booking facility where you can select your chosen package followed by your required payment method. Your booking will be confirmed with an automatic e-mail that is generated by the booking system after your payment has been made. We will also e-mail all delegates with joining information 1 week prior to the event start date.

If you wish to cancel your booking please inform us in writing. Cancellations to bookings made before and including the 19th June 2015 will be refunded the amount paid, less a £45.00 administration fee. All cancellations made after this date will be non-refundable. Please note that if we have not received your payment at the time of cancellation then the above charges will still apply.

If you wish to amend your booking the latest date for amendments is 3rd July 2015. If you have any queries regarding your on-line booking or payment please contact the Keele Conference Management Team on 01782 734629 or via e-mail.

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