Architektur als Argument
Frühneuzeitliche Klosterhöfe der Abtei St. Blasien im Dienste herrschaftlicher Verwaltung und institutioneller Rangansprüche
Monastic manor houses of the 16th-18th century served as administrative centres of Further Austrian Saint Blaise Abbey’s large and remote holdings: In townhouses, rural administrative buildings and provosts, levies – natural produces and money – were collected, stored, sold or redistributed. There was room for public gatherings as well as administrators, visiting abbots, convent’s members and guests. The buildings thus had to fulfill not only very practical tasks but also representative demands.
This study pays special attention to the buildings’ function, their contribution to the territory’s definition, and the question to what extent form and style were used as a rhetorical device to communicate the principal’s social position and rank to the viewer.
Comparisons with contemporary manor houses of Säckingen ladies’ chapter and of secular lords of Schönau complete the investigation.
Kristina Hagen studied European Art History, Medieval and Modern History as well as East Asian Art History in Basel and Zurich, Siena and Heidelberg. Since 2016 she has worked for the Baden-Württemberg State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments. Her research interests include monastic architecture, early modern secular architecture and the depiction of might.