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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 202: The Political Function of Tombs in Late Medieval Europe, I: Representing the Self

Monday 6 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Nottingham / Research Group 'Boundaries & Identity Formation in the Premodern World', Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organisers:Sanne Frequin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Matthew Ward, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Julian Gardner, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Paper 202-aAn Inconvenient Truth: Michele Sanmicheli’s Tomb Monument for Francesco Sambonifacio and the Misrepresentation of the Self in 16th-Century Verona
(Language: English)
Wouter Wagemakers, Kunsthistorisch Instituut, Instituut voor Cultuur en Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 202-bBrotherly Struggle for Dominance: The Dynastical Claims of Christopher and Ulrich III of Mecklenburg Carved into Stone
(Language: English)
Cynthia Osiecki, Philosophische Fakultät, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Heraldry, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 202-cJeanne of Flanders: A Tomb for a Lady
(Language: English)
Sanne Frequin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Sculpture, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

The location of a tomb, its iconographical content, or its stylistic composition can be used to convey a variety of explicit - or indeed implicit - political messages: a statement of solidarity; a marker of individual identity; a statement of national or dynastic pride; or a reconstruction of elements of the life of the commemorated. In this session the political function of medieval tombs as representation of the self will be investigated. Dynastical claims carved into stone (expressed by the tombs of the Mecklenburg brothers Christopher and Ulrich III and by the 13th-century tombs in Flanders and Hainaut) will be addressed. The 16-century Veronese monument for Francesco di Giulio Sambonifacio by the Veronese architect Michele Sanmicheli will reveal both personal and political motives for its construction.