A constellation of royal forms and unreal formulas: The blazons and the emblems programme chosen to represent King D. Filipe I of Portugal in the Lisbon’s Royal Palace

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During the extensive material reform undertaken by D. Filipe I of Portugal in the set of Portuguese royal residences, the renovation of Royal Palace of Lisbon deserved particular attention. In this palatine residence the turret erected over the Tagus River would become the symbol of the new royal house for the next two centuries.
After the monarch’s return to Madrid in the end of Royal Portuguese Journey, the Kingdom governance was entrusted to his nephew, the viceroy and inquisitor-general D. Alberto de Austria, and under his authority and surveillance the works in the turret were completed. At the central stateroom, the Throne Room – also known as the Ambassador’s Hall –, an artistic programme was placed at the ceiling, which is the object of our inquires.
The main goal of our conference is to analyse the documental sources related to the iconographic program executed for the Royal Palace of Lisbon as well as to decode the symbols and attributes emblazoned at the throne room ceiling. The confrontation between the historical elements and the emblems books published during the second half of the sixteenth century will allow us to identify a set of logo-iconic compositions which might be perceived as political forms and diplomatic formulas, stressing not only the principal qualities and virtues of the new King, but also his duties and obligations to the old Kingdom.
Period29 Jul 2022
Event title12th International Conference
of the Society For Emblem Studies: Muta poesis, pictura loquens
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationCoimbra, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational