Hoppe, Stephan, De Jonge, Krista und Breitling, Stefan (Hrsg.): The Interior as an Embodiment of Power: The Image of the Princely Patron and its Spatial Setting (1400-1700), Heidelberg: arthistoricum.net-ART-Books, 2018 (PALATIUM e-Publications, Band 5). https://doi.org/10.11588/arthistoricum.398


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Stephan Hoppe (Hrsg.), Krista De Jonge (Hrsg.), Stefan Breitling (Hrsg.)

The Interior as an Embodiment of Power

The Image of the Princely Patron and its Spatial Setting (1400-1700)

This volume is dedicated to the study of the in- and outside of princely residences and of their setup as the stage for a developing European early modern court culture. At a time of increasing aristocratization (1400-1700) and with many new nascent princely courts, both the princely person and the performance of princely power required an appropriate type of elaborate backdrop as its setting. Even though such an interest in the palace interior and its functions is not entirely new, interior architecture and court culture have only recently come to be seen as two sides of the same medal: embodiment and expression of the princely presence.
Therefore, the essays included focus in particular on diverse types of functions that palaces and apartments, state rooms and privy chambers had to fulfil at certain periods and in certain residential contexts between the ages of feudalism and absolutism at courts in London, Edinburgh, Neuburg am Inn, Karlstein and Prague, Červený Kameň and Ludwigsburg. They compare and contrast specific local examples with international trends such as, for example, the palace and court ceremonial developed at or adapted to diverse circumstances in Burgundy, Spain or Lithuania. Consequently, the aim of this volume consists of the combination of personal and dynastic ambitions with fashionable trends and court etiquette followed by royalty and minor princes alike during a period of calculated magnificence. It considers processional routes towards the presence of the ruler or towards its image. Thereby, it helps to define the complementary roles of residential interiors and of the courtly personnel at the same time.
The ten papers collected in this volume were first presented at the PALATIUM colloquium The Interior as an Embodiment of Power―The Image of the Prince and its Spatial Setting (1400–1700), organized by Stephan Hoppe, Krista De Jonge and Stefan Breitling and held in Bamberg in October 2013.


Krista De Jonge
Stephan Hoppe, Krista De Jonge, Stefan Breitling
Annamaria Ersek
Notes on the Portrait Galleries in Charles IV’s Residences of Karlstein and Prague
Krista De Jonge
On the Placing and Decoration of Semi-Public and Semi-Private Spaces in Burgundian-Habsburg Court Residences in the Low Countries (1450–1550)
Katherine Anne Wilson
The Use of Chambers and Chapels at the Burgundian Court
Nicole Riegel
The Case of Schloss Neuburg am Inn, c.1530
Astrid Lang
Spacing a Place for the King
Alexandra Nancy Johnson
An Embodiment of Power
Franciszek Skibiński
Interiors of the Royal Villa in Wilanów in their Cultural and Political Context
Ingrid Halászová-Štibraná
A Case of Habsburg Imperial Iconography in the Lange Saal of the Pálffy Residence at Červený Kameň (Slovakia)
Ulrike Seeger
The Provisioning of Interior Decoration in the Ludwigsburg Residence
Annette C. Cremer
The Dollhouse Collection Mon Plaisir in Arnstadt/ Germany (1690-1750)
List of Contributors