CALL FOR PAPERS: "Connecting across Europe? Ceiling Painting and Interior Design in the Courts of Europe around 1700" (CFP until 23.12.2017) / Eine gemeinsame europäische Sprache? Deckenmalerei und Raumkünste an den europäischen Höfen um 1700

Place Hannover-Herrenhausen,
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Connecting across Europe? Ceiling Painting and Interior Design in the Courts of Europe around 1700

Place: Hannover-Herrenhausen

Time: Sept. 13–15, 2018

International Symposium organized by:

The Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany (CbDD) from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with Institute of History of Art and Musicology – IKM of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Herrenhäuser Gärten, and

The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE)

The „Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany“ (CbDD) regards painting on walls and ceilings as a medium. In a courtly context, mural painting would serve the sovereign to define his status within the court society, just as he did otherwise in the fields of architecture or interior design.

In order to secure comparability, studies should focus exclusively on sovereigns and their courts. A “Landesherr“ or sovereign is an independent ruler in Europe or within the territories belonging to the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, ruled and governed by a monarch or sovereign, therefore also including the republics of Genova and Venice. Furthermore, it makes no difference, whether the buildings decorated with mural painting were set on their own territories or in other residential cities or estates, for example in Vienna or in Prague.

The Conference will take place at the so-called Galeriegebäude in Hannover-Herrenhausen. This festive building for the Electors of Hannover is an outstanding example for the change in court culture around 1700. 

Subjects for Conference Papers

The conference aims at taking a look at mural painting at European courts around 1700 in the form of detailed case studies and to put them in a wider European setting in order to identify analogies and differences. On the other hand, general surveys are most welcome which undertake the effort to put singular phenomena into a bigger picture. What did the patron want to achieve and why was this solution chosen and not another one? Where these solutions appropriate, and have they been accepted? How were they received?

We are looking forward to papers on courtly objects from across Europe, secular as well as sacred. The discussion should focus on the question at what times and in which cases artists from Italy or France were hired by the respective court, whether or not local artists were sent abroad for study to Italy or France. In spite of the dominant influence of French court art and culture all over Europe, this seems not the case in the field of mural painting. What are the reasons?

Papers may focus on the following questions, and related subjects:

- Dynastic connections: Are there specific patterns of representation which could be related to dynastic connections? Have dynastic marriages any impact on the choice of decorative schemes?

- The impact of Confessions: Does the confession play a role in mural painting, for example in the representation of heaven: Did Catholics prefer to take a look into godliness, while Protestants depicted an image of divinity? In which way do pictorial strategies follow confessional patterns or are they just following a fashion?

- Iconographical and iconological Questions: What can we learn from a comparison of scenes from mythology, literature, personal and dynasty-related subjects, such as cycles from the Life of Eneas, the Fall of Phaeton, the apotheosis of an individual or a dynasty, personifications and allegories of the four seasons or the elements ecc., discussed from a transnational and trans-confessional point of view?

Project directed by:

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe, Dr. Herbert Karner, Dr. Heiko Laß

How to apply:

Presentations are welcome in German or English, and should not exceed the time frame of 25 minutes. Suggestions from no more than 1 page please send until Dec. 23, 2017 to:

Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland

Dr. Heiko Laß

Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Zentnerstr. 31

D-80798 München