SMH 13

Steffen Kremer, Herrscherbesuche. Inszenierungen elitärer Gastfreundschaft in der profanen Wandmalerei Italiens (1300–1750) (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 13), Göttingen 2020.

SMH_013Dissertation of one of the research assistants in Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck's sub-project.


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In the period from 1300 to 1750, in Tuscany, Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Veneto, mural paintings can be observed that depict the motive of the ruler's visit in the homes of the elite in a variety of ways. From late medieval throne representations, complex heraldic arrangements to early modern history paintings, the images stage the received ruler, but also and especially the elite hosts. Oscillating between historical reality and visual fiction, two types of space can be observed in pre-modern Italy: Either the painted rooms commemorate a visit that actually took place or they create an ideal space for a potential royal guest.

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