Online Conference: Germanias & Other Renaissance Revolts: Art & Architecture, University of Valencia, 3-4 December 2020

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Revolt of the Germanías (1519–1522), or ‘Brotherhoods’, this seminar focuses on the precedents, events and aftermath of this rebellion and some other European upheavals in art, architecture and visual culture, in order to evaluate the unique features of the Valencian revolt and its commonalities with other contemporary uprisings in Spain and the rest of Europe.

Indeed, this period appears to be a turning point in terms of major artistic changes requiring approaches that could assess the impact of war, of social and political upheaval and of religious unrest on art and architecture. Not only new objects, images and buildings from that period are considered, but also the reception of the past and the cultural memory of these events will be object of study.

What role did patrons, clients and artists play in visual culture, in architecture and in shaping the urban landscape? While infrastructure was being damaged, Moorish communities were being attacked, mosques converted into churches and palaces and churches plundered, what role did visual culture play in these conflicts? How were commemorative and exaltation programmes, ex-votos and the historical illustration and recreation of past events negotiated in the context of the birth of national consciousness and modern nation states?

International and Spanish experts from several disciplines will address these and related issues in a representative number of European conflicts during the Renaissance. Examining the effects of these difficult social circumstances on artistic destruction and (re)construction and comparing them from different perspectives will be one of the major aims of this international event.

See the conference programme here.


Attendance is free, but registration before 2 December 2020 is required.

Please send an email to with ‘webinar registration’ in the subject line, and in the email body, include your full name and academic institution (or indicate that you are an independent scholar).

Once you have provided these details, you will receive a link to attend the conference. After the webinar, participants can claim a certificate of attendance, if needed, as long as they have followed 70% of the sessions.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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