Colloque – Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Modern Europe, 1400–1700

Over the past five years the PALATIUM programme has studied European court residences in the period 1400–1700. The world of courts constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, and various aspects of its architecture have been studied in their connectivity during several conferences and workshops. This final symposium aims at bringing together the results of these past meetings and will draw some conclusions about the project’s central themes.

PalatiumRoyal and princely residences were a place for cultural exchange. Ruling monarchs and courtiers, as well as their artists and architects, shared international experiences and knowledge of their peers’ dwellings. Besides the exchange of ideas and models, there was also a conscious strive to maintain one’s own ‘court identity’ with special etiquettes and ceremonies. This sometimes required special architectural solutions, among others in the organisation of stately spaces, their separation from private rooms, and their decoration (including architectural sculpture and ceiling paintings) which often was especially created for a specific space. Human interaction in these spaces was regulated and codified by a set of rules – the ‘ceremonial’. The interaction between palace architecture (tangible) and ceremonial (intangible, but known through tangible testimonials of different types, written and visual) is one of the central questions of the PALATIUM project. The palace’s space and form carry multiple connotations. To the informed observer they represent power, lineage, and tradition versus innovation. The decoding of this system of signs is another central issue.

This symposium will compare the solutions created in different European court circles concerning three main areas of courtly life and symbolism: the layout of the rooms, the role of sacred spaces, and the visual iconography of the buildings. The aim is to see which common patterns in architectural design existed within the international court network of the early modern period, and to what extent we can identify more regional or local solutions in residential architecture – solutions that were often consciously employed in order to differentiate between the various ruling centres of Europe.

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Informations pratiques :
Location: Munich (Munich Residenz), Germany
Date: 4–7 March 2015
This event is the final, concluding conference of the PALATIUM programme
Convenor: Stephan Hoppe

Registration: Attending the symposium is free, but registration is required. Please register by submitting this Registration form.

Venue: Munich Residenz (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften), Alfons-Goppel-Straße 11, 80539 München.

Organization: This symposium is co-organized by the Institut für Kunstgeschichte of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Source : Palatium

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