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Making Space for Festival 1400-1700

Interactions of Architecture and Performance in
Late Medieval and Early Modern Festivals

21–24 March 2013

Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy

A Joint Conference Organized by

The ESF Research Networking Programme PALATIUM

The Society for European Festivals Research


The University of Warwick, UK

The University of Leuven, Belgium


14.45 Registration

15.10 Welcome and opening
Ronnie Mulryne (University of Warwick, UK), Co-Convenor, SEFR
Krista De Jonge (University of Leuven, BE), PALATIUM Chair

Session I. Festival Interventions in the Princely and Noble Environment


Chair: Krista De Jonge (University of Leuven, BE), PALATIUM Chair

15.30 Margaret M. McGowan (University of Sussex, UK)

Space for dancing: accommodating performer and spectator in Renaissance France

15.50 Andrea Sommer-Mathis (ÖAW, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte, Vienna, AT)

‘La Favorita festeggiante’. The imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs as festive venue

16.10 Pauline Lemaigre-Gaffier (IDHE/Paris 1, FR)

From props to sets: the ‘Menus Plaisirs’ and French court space conversions (1660s– 1700s)

16.30 Francesca Mattei (IUAV, Università di Venezia, IT)

Ephemeral and court architecture in Ferrara during the age of Ercole I d'Este: sources and iconography (Short paper)

16.40 Discussion

17.00 Refreshment break

Chair: Bernardo J. García García (Fundación Carlos de Amberes, ES), PALATIUM co-Chair

17.20 Robert Knecht (University of Birmingham, UK)

The Banquet at the Bastille, 1518

17.40 Marie-Claude Canova-Green (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Transformed gardens: the trompe-l’oeil scenery of the Versailles Festivals (1664-1674)

18.00 Joanna Norman (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK)

In ‘public’ and ‘private’: a study of Festival in 17th-century Rome

18.20 Paul Schuster (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Schloss Eggenberg, AT)

Schloss Eggenberg in Graz and the imperial wedding of 1673. “Palazzo eguale alle reggie più suberbe” (Short paper)

18.30 Discussion

19.30 Conference Dinner


Session II. Ephemeral Architecture and the Meaning of Festival

Chair: Pieter Martens (University of Leuven, BE), PALATIUM Coordinator

09.30 Annemarie Jordan Gschwend (CHAM, Lisbon, PT)

Lisbona Triumphans: Space, power and pageantry in the 1521 royal entry of Leonor of Austria

09.50 Chantal Grell (Université de Versailles, FR) & Robert Halleux (Université de Liège, BE)

Ernest of Bavaria’s ‘Joyous Entry’ into Liège, 15 June 1581

10.10 Borbála Gulyás (Institute for Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, HU)

The role of triumphal arches at the court festivals under the new Holy Roman Emperor, Habsburg Ferdinand I (Short paper)

10.20 Discussion

10.50 Refreshment break

Chair: Monique Chatenet (Centre André Chastel, INHA, Paris, FR)

11.20 Maartje van Gelder (University of Amsterdam, NL)

Ducal display and the use of space in late 16th-century Venetian festivals

11.40 Nicoletta Bazzano (Università degli Studi di Teramo, IT)

From papier-mâché to stone: Palermo in the 16th and 17th centuries

12.00 Elaine Tierney (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK)

Contested ideals: Designing and making temporary structures for Louis XIV’s Entrée into Paris in August, 1660

12.20 Nikola Piperkov (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, FR)

‘Les Réjouissances de la Paix’: Constructing a Temple of Peace in Lyon, 20 March 1660 (Short paper)

12.30 Discussion

13.00 Lunch (catered buffet)

Session III (part one). Transformed Courts and Cities: the Festival in Performance

Chair: Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen (National Museum of Denmark, DK)

14.10 Cecilia Paredes (Direction of Architectural Heritage of the Brussels Region, BE)

The Entry of archduke Ernest into Brussels, 1594: exploring the urban ceremonial’s dimensions

14.30 Berta Cano-Echevarría (Universidad de Valladolid, ES) & Mark Hutchings (University of Reading, UK)

Valladolid 1605: a theatre for peace

14.50 Sydney Anglo (University of Swansea, UK)

Overcrowding at court: a Renaissance problem and its solution. Temporary theatres and banquet halls

15.10 Francesca Barbieri (Università Cattolica di Milano, IT)

‘Con grandissima maraviglia’. Festival performances in 17th-century Milan (Short paper)

15.20 Discussion

15.50 Refreshment break

Chair: Margaret Shewring (University of Warwick, UK), Co-Convenor, SEFR

16.20 Felicia Else (Gettysburg College PA, USA)

The Neptune Fountain and the Entrata of 1565: The transformation of civic space in Cosimo I de Medici’s Florence

16.40 Richard Cooper (Brasenose College, University of Oxford, UK)

A new sack of Rome? Making space for Charles V in 1536

17.00 Juliette Roding (Leiden University, NL)

The Magnificent Triumphal Entry of Charles V into Utrecht (1540) and other towns in the Low Countries

17.20 Ida Mauro (Universitat de Barcelona, ES)

The ‘catafalque of the Sellaria’: A non-ephemeral symbol of Neapolitan baroque festivals (Short paper)

17.30 Discussion

18.00 Drinks reception sponsored by Ashgate Publishing


Session III (part two). Transformed Courts and Cities: the Festival in Performance

Chair: Mara Wade (University of Illinois, USA)

09.00 Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen, DK)

Vienna redecorated in classical guise. The entry of Maximillian as King of the Romans in 1563

09.20 Veronika Sandbichler (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Sammlungen Schloss Ambras, AT)

The ‘Comedy-houses’ of 1628 and 1654 in Innsbruck. Permanent places for festivals at the Habsburg court in Innsbruck in the 17th century

09.40 Martina Frank (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, IT)

From ephemeral to permanent architecture: the Venetian palace in the second half of the 17th century

10.00 Discussion

10.40 Refreshment break

Chair: H. Neville Davies (University of Birmingham, UK)

11.10 Katharina Bedenbender (Max Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, IT)

Stairs and ceremonies in early modern Venice

11.30 Paolo Sanvito (Humboldt University of Berlin, D)
The Olimpico of Vicenza, a venue for ephemeral and permanent all’antica performance

11.50 Discussion

12.30 Excursions (Venice, Vicenza)


Session IV. Festival Space: Looking Before, Then, and After

Chair: Margaret M. McGowan (University of Sussex, UK)

09.30 Mario Damen (Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL)

The city as a stage. Tournaments as urban festivals in the late medieval Low Countries

09.50 Mårten Snickare (Stockholm University, SE)

A contested site: The Colosseum and early modern religious performance

10.10 Lucinda Hazel S. Dean (University of Stirling, UK)

Making space for royal state ceremonial in Scotland: An aspect of continuity and change in the representations of Scottish royal authority through state ceremonial, c. 1214–1603 (Short paper)

10.20 Discussion

10.50 Refreshment break

Chair: Ronnie Mulryne (University of Warwick, UK), Co-Convenor, SEFR

11.20 Fabian Persson (Linnæus University, SE)

An ever moveable feast? Royal festivals and military campaigning (Denmark and Sweden)

11.40 Mara Wade (University of Illinois, USA)

Festival architecture in Dresden: from the ephemeral to the permanent, 1709-1718

12.00 Martin Olin (National Museum, Stockholm, SE)

Three queens – and a future one – enter Stockholm in triumph

12.20 Discussion

13.00 Concluding remarks

Announcement of upcoming PALATIUM and SEFR events

Close of Conference and Departure

Convenors/Conference Chairs:

Ronnie Mulryne (University of Warwick), Co-Convenor, SEFR

Krista De Jonge (University of Leuven), PALATIUM Chair

Scientific Committee:

Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen (National Museum of Denmark)

Monique Chatenet (Centre André Chastel, INHA, Paris)

Iain Fenlon (University of Cambridge)

Bernardo J. García García (Fundación Carlos de Amberes), PALATIUM co‐Chair

Pieter Martens (University of Leuven), PALATIUM Coordinator

Margaret M. McGowan (University of Sussex), Co-Convenor, SEFR

Margaret Shewring (University of Warwick), Co-Convenor, SEFR

Conference Coordinators:

Margaret Shewring Pieter Martens

Department of Theatre, Performance Department of Architecture, Urbanism

and Cultural Policy Studies and Planning

Millburn House University of Leuven

University of Warwick Kasteelpark Arenberg 1 – bus 2431

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Venue: Palazzo Pesaro Papafava

Calle de la Rachetta

Cannaregio 3764

30121 Venice, Italy