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Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research

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Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research / Die barocken Pfarrkirchen und ihre Dekoration: Ein neues Feld der Forschung

International Conference
Vienna, 23–25 October, 2017

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Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research

The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), the Institute for History of Art and Musicology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Region of Hradec Králové, and the Omnium Association will jointly host a symposium on the painterly decoration of parish churches of Catholic and Lutheran denominations in Vienna from the 23rd to the 25th of October, 2017. The event thus tackles a topic that has been treated rather negatively in the history of art history up until now, compared to the extensive research into the decorative programs of monasteries or pilgrimage churches. In this case, the analysis of the wall and ceiling painting – the core business of the BCPCE – only makes sense in the context of a broad historical contextualization. The general historical and churchhistorical framework must be discussed as well as theological and liturgical aspects of these churches. The period covered in this conference (1500–1800) was bracketed by confessionalism in the sixteenth century, and by the Josephine reforms in the late eighteenth century; the conference focuses on the geographic space with Central Europe largely governed by the Hapsburgs, as well as with Central Germany – that is, the essential parts of the old Holy Roman Empire.

Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, Church of Saint Margaret, Šonov / Schönau (East Bohemia), 1727-1730

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