Conference: Urban Palaces of the Nobility in Early Modern Europe (1400–1750)

27 October 2017

LAMOT Cultural Centre, Mechelen, Belgium

European palaces in the early modern era were more than mere residences of monarchs and high nobility. They represent one link in a broader residential system, where each element plays a particular role in place and time. Papers can explore urban palaces as part of this residential system and their functioning together with other residences. Which role do these urban palaces play and what is their place in the residential network of the nobility?

Moreover, urban palaces were centers of power with a representative role, carriers of symbols of social and political authority. Case-studies might address how the location, architecture and internal organization reflect the high standing and prestige of the owner as well as possible interaction between the noble residences and the palaces of the reigning prince (emulation aspects?). How is architecture used to express power to the contemporary observer? Can we deduce from this similarities or discontinuities with contemporary court residences? Or, in other words, are there typological similarities between these residences, transcending the boundaries of one city?

Speakers: Dagmar Eichberger, Renate Leggatt-Hofer, Alain Salamagne, Stephan Hoppe, Krista De Jonge, Nuno Senos, Barbara Arciszewska, Sanne Maekelberg, Bernardo García García.

Supported by the City of Mechelen and the Research Fund KU Leuven.

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