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Die Welt im Dienst des Glaubens…

Marion Romberg
Die Welt im Dienst des Glaubens
Erdteilallegorien in Dorfkirchen auf dem Gebiet des Fürstbistums Augsburg im 18. Jahrhundert

628 pp., 125 b/w images, 16 b/w tab., 22 b/w drawings, 11 maps.
hardcover
ISBN 978-3-515-11673-2

 

“There is no such thing as a religious free space!” Richard van Dülmen’s statement at the beginning of the third volume of his book “Kultur und Alltag in der Frühen Neuzeit” is decisive for the answer to the general question of this work, namely “How did the allegories of the four continents come into the village church?”  Originating in the courtly world of the 16th century, the iconography had its peak on the walls and ceilings of Southern German village churches around the middle of the 18th century. A quantitative survey discovered 310 allegories of the four continents in 273 different places in the Southern German region. Every second allegory can be found as part of the visual program of a village church. A remarkable density is encountered in the so-called Erdteilallegoriengürtel covering the area of Upper Swabia, Bavarian Swabia, and Upper and Lower Bavaria. The relevant theoretical model used was the one on cultural exchange processes.

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Continent Allegories in the Baroque Age – A Research Database

A brief introduction by Dr. Marion Romberg from the Austrian research project „Erdteilallegorien im Barockzeitalter” at the University of Vienna’s Department of History

Link to the database: http://continentallegories.univie.ac.at

Visual Examples of continent allegories in the database (Screenshot)

During the late Renaissance – around 1570 – humanists developed a new “shorthand” way of representing the world at a single glance: personifications of the four continents Europe, Asia, Africa and America. While the continent allegory as an iconic type had already been invented in antiquity, humanists and their artists adapted the concept by creating the four-continent scheme and standardized the attributes characterizing the continents. During the next 230 years until ca. 1800, this iconic scheme became a huge success story. All known media were employed to bring the four continent allegories into the public and into people’s homes. Within this prolonged history of personifications of the continents, the peak was reached in the Late Baroque, and especially the 18th century. As a pictorial language they were interwoven with texts, dogmas, narratives and stereotypes. Thus the project team find himself asking: What did continent allegories actually mean to people living in the Baroque age?

The geographical dissemination of continent allegories in the South of the Holy Roman Empire (Screenshot)

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International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting

France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, in association with
the Institute of Art History at the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), have prepared International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting in Slovenia and Austria (Styria), on August 30 – September 5, 2017. The program contains visits of different monuments, presentations of student projects and
lectures by researchers from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia.

International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting have been organised at the time of the exhibition Hercules Stiriae – Štajerski Herkul – Hercules of Styria. Following the Traces of Ignaz Maria Count of Attems’ Commissions of Frescoes in Slovenska Bistrica Castle (June 15 – December 31, 2017) and in the scope of the research program Slovenian Artistic Identity in European Context and research project Visual Representations of the Nobility. Early Modern Art Patronage in the Styria Province (No. J6-7410 (B), conducted at the France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana) financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.

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The Role of Religious Confraternities

The Role of Religious Confraternities
in Medieval and Early Modern Art

International Conference
Ljubljana, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU,
May 10–12, 2017

Call for Papers, deadline March 10, 2017

PDF CFP Confraternitates Ljubljana 2017

Program “Religious Confraternitie”, Ljubljana 2017

Researching religious confraternities is a great challenge not only in the fields of general and church history but also in art history, as the activities of confraternities reflect strongly in fine arts. Confraternities connected European religious, cultural and artistic space in a way similar to monastic orders. Therefore, only a comprehensive understanding of their activities and role in fine arts can yield complex findings and new evaluation of these themes in a wider context.

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Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation

Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation – ein Forschungsschwerpunkt
des Instituts für Kunst- und Musikhistorische Forschungen an der ÖAW Wien

Werner Telesko / Herbert Karner

Das Generalthema des Schwerpunktes ist die visuelle Kultur der habsburgischen Repräsentation und der Versuch, diese in ihren unterschiedlichsten Ausformungen zu entschlüsseln. Unter „Repräsentation“ verstehen wir die Vergegenwärtigung von Abwesendem durch unterschiedliche Medien (z.B. durch Wappen, Bilder, Skulpturen, Medaillen, Deckenmalereien), aber auch durch symbolische Interaktion bzw. statische oder performative Kommunikation (Architektur, Raumordnung, Einzug des Herrschers, Fest). Im Zentrum steht dabei die Frage, in welcher Weise habsburgische Repräsentationsstrategien in Kunst und Architektur in den Österreichischen Erblanden sowie in den böhmischen Ländern und Ungarn zum Ausdruck kommen. Continue reading Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation

Landscape and Countryside in Baroque

Krajina a venkov v baroku / Landscape and Countryside in Baroque

International conference, Horní Jiřetín and Jezeří Chateau,
Czech Republic, October 14–15, 2016


The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Omnium Association and the Town of Horní Jiřetín, in cooperation with the Departments of art history of the Czech universities, are organizing an international conference devoted to questions of landscape and countryside in the 17th and 18th centuries. The conference is focused on different aspects of formation and conception of the landscape and rural architecture and arts in the early modern era, but also on their present-day devastation. The program of the conference is enclosed.

We are looking forward to your participation!

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Image, Communication, Behaviour

Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in the Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour

by Michaela Šeferisová Loudová and Radka Nokkala Miltová, Seminar of Art History, Masaryk University in Brno

The main objective of the centre is a cross-disciplinary analysis and interpretation of mechanisms, which may explain the cultural-historical reality throughout its long duration from the Middle Ages up to the resent. The centre intends to develop a synergistic link between research teams in the cultural-historical field at universities in Brno and Olomouc, which have for some time now been prominent in their use of such approaches. In addition there is also the intention to draw on cooperation with the most important Czech Republic researchers as well as with leading experts abroad (Wroclaw, Vienna, Paris, Lausanne). In this sense the project endeavours to link up various methodological approaches with subjects in the field, which will be monitored within the particular modules: The theory and practice of cultural-historical disciplines; Image, cult, space; Imagination, image and text; Representation, places of memory. Outputs from the project will be a series of monographs, articles and a final, methodologically targeted volume, in which all the modules will be involved.

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The Research Group BCPCE

Welcome to the blog of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE). In the next future, we would like to inform you about the activities of the group focused on monumental painterly decoration of Central European and Italian sacral and profane architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries, on its documentation and art historical interpretation.


Herzlich willkommen auf der Blog- und Website der Forschungsgruppe für barocke Deckenmalerei in Zentraleuropa.  Wir möchten über die Aktivitäten der Gruppe informieren, die sich auf monumentale gemalte Ausstattung in mitteleuropäischen und italiänischen Sakral- und Profanbauten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, auf deren Dokumentation und deren kunsthistorischer Interpretation konzentrieren.

 

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Johann Michael Rottmayr – Antonio Beduzzi, “Via triumphalis” of St. Benedict, church of the Benedictine monastery, Melk (Lower Austria), 1720-1721

Angels Castle in Carpathians: Carpoforo Tencalla

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Jozef Medvecký, senior research fellow of the Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The monograph Anjelský hrad v Karpatoch [Angels Castle in Carpathians] presents results of Jozef Medvecký’s long-time research into the residence of the Count Pálffy family at Červený Kameň (Western Slovakia) and its rich and splendid painterly decoration by Carpoforo Tencella (1623–1685), the famous painter from Bissone (Ticino, Switzerland).

 

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Sala terrena, castle Červený Kameň, Slovakia
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Carpoforo Tencalla, Dancing Nyphs (Muses and Minerva), sala terrena, castle Červený Kameň, 1654-1657

Jozef Medvecký, Anjelský hrad v Karpatoch. Carpoforo Tencalla a ranobaroková výzdoba hradu Červený Kameň [Angels Castle in Carpathians. Carpoforo Tencalla and the Early Baroque Decoration of the castle Červený Kameň], Bratislava 2016

Societas historiae artium & Institute of Art History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 190 pp.,  ISBN: 9788097030445

 

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Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705

Herbert Karner (Hg.), Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705. Baugeschichte, Funktion und Etablierung als Kaiserresidenz (Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Band: 444, Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Kunstgeschichte, Band: 13, Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der Wiener Hofburg, Herausgegeben von Artur Rosenauer), Band II, Wien 2014

Verlag der ÖAW, 625 S., mit zahlr. Farb- u. sw-Abb., ISBN13: 978-3-7001-7657-2

 

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Band II der fünfbändigen Publikationsreihe zur Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der Wiener Hofburg analysiert deren Entwicklung zur zentralen mitteleuropäischen Kaiserresidenz von Ferdinand I. bis einschließlich Leopold I. Die Neuschreibung der facettenreichen Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der kontinuierlich sich vergrößernden Residenz wird begleitet von Untersuchungen zu den Repräsentationspraktiken der Habsburger. Continue reading Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705

Kosmos Barock

Werner Telesko, Kosmos Barock. Architektur – Ausstattung – Spiritualität. Die Stiftskirche Melk, Wien 2013

Böhlau, 215 S., ISBN: 978-3-205-78953-6

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Die Fülle der künstlerischen und inhaltlichen Facetten einer barocken Kirche scheint für den heutigen Betrachter kaum mehr verständlich. Die vorliegende, leicht verständliche Einführung soll als Anleitung dienen, den vielfältigen „Kosmos“ eines barocken Kirchenbaus besser verstehen zu können. Continue reading Kosmos Barock