Elisabeth of Görlitz was the granddaughter of the Emperor Charles IV and the Swedish king Albrecht I. For an extended period she was the only heir of the House of Luxembourg. Her second husband was John III the Pitiless, the former elected Prince-Bishop of Liege, who was well-known for his efforts to acquire Holland and Zeeland. They were fighting together for their inheritance, however, they were also able to support artists in their court (e. g. Jan van Eyck).
The paper will discuss the long open question of the architectural model for one of the most important early Gothic churches in Slovenia, the importance of which greatly exceeds state borders. The paper will point out the significance of the social networks that the commissioner of the church, the patriarch of Aquileia, Berthold of Andechs (patriarch between 1218-1251) established in Europe before the construction. His efforts to expand the cult of St Elisabeth of Thuringia were decisive in the architectural design of the church. The paper will provide a completely new interpretation of the model used for this centrally designed religious place.
Gifted by Emperor Henry II to the treasury of Bamberg Cathedral in 1020, the Star Mantle of Henry II encloses the earth-bound wearer within a cosmic skin populated by astronomical and religious figures. The mantle crafts a liminal space in which the personhood of the emperor is woven into the object and reactivated upon subsequent use. Building upon the research of Henry Mayr-Harting and Eliza Garrison, this paper further examines the entangled relationship between imperial patrons and their objects by exploring how the textile mediates Henry’s absence and presence within Bamberg Cathedral.