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CFP: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th – 18th Cent. (1-2 Dec 17)

08c_boldCFP: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th – 18th
Cent. (1-2 Dec 17), Munich / München, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, 01. – 02.12.2017
Deadline: Apr 30, 2017
Applications for a lecture with an abstract of max. 3,000 characters
can be sent until April 30 2017 to the following address
Email: mattmuel@uni-mainz.de

Head and Body: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th
and 18th Centuries

Kopf und Körper: Evidenzen der Macht im Herrscherporträt des 14.-18
Jahrhunderts

What meanings do head and body convey in the medieval and early modern
ruler portrait? How do its mimetic schemes and visual projections of
power relate to each other? How are conceptually abstract norms and
values of rulership transposed to categories of looking, how do images
of bodies concretize these norms and values, and what modes of
representation do they cultivate? Research on the history of portraits
has relegated these questions to the margins; we presently lack a
systematic analysis. Nevertheless, head and body forged central
attributes and categories for physical manifestations of rulership in
the Middle Ages and early modern period. The specific conditions of
their visual portrayal is therefore of particular interest. Unlike in
republican or democratic political systems, where the presence and
legitimation of ruling power is supported by an elected government or a
constitution, in principalities and monarchies the prince or king
himself guaranteed the legitimacy of his own rule. He did this above
all else through his physical body, whose visually and haptically
experienced presence first lent the necessary evidence for his
sovereignty.
The conference should comprehensively thematize the different
normative, material, medial, functional, and aesthetic aspects of the
corporeal and material presence of rulership in painted and printed
ruler portraits from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Scientific Management:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer (Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München),
Dr. Elke Anna Werner (Freie Universität Berlin)