IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1130: Visual Feasts: Trionfi, Royal Entries, and City Festivals in Late Middle Ages - A Synoptic View from Castille, England, and Aragon

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Research Group 'Understanding, Image & Memory of Past Art', Universitat de València
Organiser:Encarna Montero Tortajada, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universitat de València
Moderator/Chair:Lenke Kovács, Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona
Paper 1130-aMirror Moves: Art, Court, and City in 15th-Century Valencian Festivals
(Language: English)
Amadeo Serra Desfilis, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universitat de València
Amadeo Serra Desfilis, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universitat de València
Index terms: Art History - General, Local History, Performance Arts - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1130-bRoyal Entries in Late Medieval Castile: From Aristocratic Statements to Royal Manifestations of Power
(Language: English)
María Teresa Chicote Pompanin, Warburg Institute, University of London
María Teresa Chicote Pompanin, Warburg Institute, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Local History, Performance Arts - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1130-cDesigning Queen Elizabeth's Royal Entry into London, and the Mystery of the Missing Pageant
(Language: English)
Gordon L. Kipling, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Gordon L. Kipling, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The session aims to be an occasion to compare festivals in three different European atmospheres between the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. Each paper takes a particular point of view, trying to find out which was the role of art in royal entries and similar ceremonies. From Valencia c.1400 to Elizabethan London, passing through Castile, medieval parades, and mysteries are going to be evoked making use of documents, images, and literary texts. Imitation of classic models, careful design of iconographic programs, and preparation of visual feasts were fixed elements in staging political power. Feasting, in its literal meaning, was, of course, also a part of the show.