International conference Splendour of Burgundy (1419-1482)

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International conference Splendour of Burgundy (1419-1482).
A multidisciplinary approach. 12-14 May 2009, ConcerTgebouw bruges
Organised by the Musea Brugge and the Alamire Foundation (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), in collaboration with the Concertgebouw Brugge and the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
The conference coincides with the exhibition ‘Charles the Bold. The splendour of Burgundy’ (Groeninge Museum and Church of Our Lady from 27 March till 21 July 2009) organized in collaboration with Historisches Museum Bern and Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Conference theme

In the course of the fifteenth century, the reputation of the Burgundian court rose to an unprecedented level, brought forward by ever growing territorial ambitions and accumulation of wealth. This reached a climax during the reign of Charles the Bold (1433-1477), the living embodiment of the pomp and pageantry of the Burgundian court and a generous patron of the fine arts.

Rather than focusing on a single academic discipline, the conference aims to shed light on Burgundian court culture as an organic whole, between the start of the reign of Philip the Good (1419) and the death of Mary of Burgundy (1482). It is intended to provide a forum for new research from the fields of History, History of Art, Literature and Musicology. To this end, two plenary and twelve partly parallel sessions will adress a variety of topics (see program below).

The conference will take place in the Concertgebouw in Bruges from the 12th until the 14th of May 2009.

Registration until April 30th is possible by sending in the filled in registration form (see attachment) to or by fax: 0032 (0) 50 44 87 28.

Please note: The deadline for registration is April 30th 2009.

Places are limited to max. 150 participants.

The conference language is English.

With collaboration:


Tuesday 12 May




Reception at the Town Hall


Conference dinner

Wednesday 13 May


Registration and coffee (CGB)




Plenary lecture by WIM BLOCKMANS


Plenary lecture by BARBARA HAGGH


Short break


Plenary lecture by HERMAN BRINKMAN


Lunch (CGB)


Parallel sessions: COURT IN PUBLIC SPACES (1)

Urban Historiography

Chair: Jan Dumolyn

Real and Imagined Splendour
Chair: Hanno Wijsman

Symbolic Objects

Chair: Hugo van der Velden


Johan Oosterman (Radboud University Nijmegen): “Scattered voices: the ‘Cronike’ of De Roovere among other accounts on the Bruges Marriage of 1468”

Henk ‘t Jong (Leiden University and central Bureau voor genealogie, Den Haag): “The Chamber of the Scribe. Reality in Disguise instead of Disguised Symbolism”

Klaus Oschema (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): “Liquid splendour – table-fountains and wine-fountains at the Bourgondian courts”


Samuel Mareel (University of Groningen): “The many lives of a poem. Anthonis de Rovere’s verse insertions in the Excellente Cronicke”

Sophie Jolivet (Université de Bourgogne) & Hanno Wijsman (Leiden University): “Clothing and Manuscript Illumination at the Burgundian Court (1430-1455)”

Eva Helfenstein (Harvard university): “The Burgundian court goblet (Der Burgundische hofbecher) Function and Status of Precious Vessels at the Burgundian Court”


Frederik Buylaert (Ghent University), “Historiography and Social Mobility. The representation of the Late Medieval Despars Family in the Bruges Chronicle of Nicolas Despars († 1597)”

Andrew Hamilton (Harvard University): “The technique of Burgundian embroidery”


Olga Vassilieva-Codognet (Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales, Paris): “The portraits of the counts of Flanders and the Coloured drawings of the Douai manuscript of the Excellente cronike of Vlaenderen”

Kathryn Rudy (National Library of the Netherlands): “The Trivulzio Hours”




15.45– 16.15

Coffee Break

16.15- 17.45

Parallel sessions: PERFORMING COURT

Symbolic interaction at Court

Chair: Till Holger Borchert

Patronage at Court
Chair: Eberhard König

Court as political scenery
Chair: David Fallows


Laura D. Gelfand (University of Akron): “Interactivity and Veracity: The meaning of naturalism and illusionism in art made for the Valois Court”

Anna Campbell (University of Reading): “Court culture, gift exchange and the gendering of religious patronage”

Sonja Dünnebeil (Wenen), “The order of the Golden Fleece in the year 1478 – continuity or recommencement?”


James Bloom (Vanderbilt University, Nashville), “The Performative Paradigm of the Burgundian Court”

Simona Slanicka (University of Bielefeld): “Anthony, the great bastard of Burgundy, as art mecenas and his role at the court”

Andrea Berlin (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): “Family politics and magic at the court of Burgundy”


David Humphrey (Royal college of Art, London): “Philip the Good’s use of jewels as cultural and political currency”

David Fiala (Université de Rouen): “Charles the Bold, patron of Music”

Emily Snow (Princeton University): “Music, Competition and Propaganda in the Court of Philip the Fair”






Nocturne in the Groeningemuseum in the exhibition “Charles the Bold (1433-1477). The Splendour of Burgundy”


Concert: Psallentes

Thursday 14 May

9.00– 10.30

Parallel sessions: COURT IN PUBLIC SPACES (2)

9.00– 10.30

Curia Ludens

Chair: t.b.a.

Entries and exits

Chair: Wim Blockmans

The Court in the City

Chair: André Vandewalle



Mario Damen (Universiteit Leiden) “A Noble spectacle in an urban environment? The tournament of 4 May 1439 in Brussels and its participants”

Jonas Goossenaerts (University of Antwerp) “Charles’s ten days of marriage in Bruges, 1468. Luxery and material culture as bearers of political messages between duke and city”

Sascha Köhl (Zürich): “Architecture for the Prince: Town Halls in the Burgundian Netherlands”


Eric Bousmar (university Saint-Louis, l’Université Catholique de Louvain : “Jousting at the Court of Burgundy. Some observations on Burgundian feats of arms and ‘Pas d’armes’ before and after 1477 ”

Wolfgang Brückle (University of Essex): “Hail the Conquering Duke: Dijon welcoming Charles the Bold”

Bieke Hillewaert (Raakvlak, Brugge): “Archeological research in the Bruges Prinsenhof. The absence of Splendour”



Birgit Franke and Barbara Welzel (Technische Universität Dortmund) “Armoury in the concert of arts at the Burgundian courts”

Andrew Brown (University of Edinburgh): “’Exit’ ceremonies in Burgundian Bruges”

Jonas Braekevelt (Universiteit Gent): “Ferro ignique. The ascendance of the ducal emblem of the flint, tinsel and sparks within the Flemish St.-John and St.-Sebastian guilds”.






10.30– 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00– 12.30

Parallel sessions: Patronage

Patronage for various publics

Chair: Maximiliaan Martens

Private Patronage
Chair: Ludo Vandamme

Dissemination of Burgundian Court Patronage

Chair: Manfred Sellink


Jos Koldeweij (Radboud University Nijmegen): “The reliquarium of Jean de Lannoy”

Eberhard König (Freie Universität Berlin): “Charles the Bold and Mary of Burgundy: or who said “voustre demeure”?”

Jana Lucas (Universität Basel): “Between politics and care for salvation: the wall-mounted memorial of Isabella of Burgundy in the Basle Charterhouse”


Noël Geirnaert (Archive, Brugge) "An urban Cistercian at the Court of Charles the Bold: Abbot Johannes Crabbe of Les Dunes Abbey (1457-1488) and his Burgundian connections"

Sherry Lindquist (Argonne, St. Louis): “Luxuriating in Poverty and Philosophy: some unusual Nudes in the Manuscripts of Louis of Bruges”

Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira (Royal academy Rome): “Rethinking the Italian Paradigm or how Burgundian Arts modelled Italian Taste”


Robert Nosow (Jacksonville, North Carolina): “The missa ‘Spiritus almus’ and its Motet”

Elizabeth J. Moodey (Vanderbilt university): “The shade of Charlemagne”

Marisa Costa (University of Lisbon): “Echoes of the Burgundian Splendour in Portuguese late medieval art. The patronage of Isabel of Burgundy”


Hendrik Callewier (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Campus Kortrijk): “The clergy of Bruges and the musical chapel of the Dukes of Burgundy”

Herbert Kellman: “Poetry, Jousting, Diplomacy, Art and Music in the Life of Philipps Bouton, Burgundian Courtier (1418-1515)”

Christoph Brachmann (TU Berlin): “The Entombment of Christ in Pont-à-Mousson: Burgundian Sculpture in the neighbouring Regions during the Reign of Duke Philipp the Good?”





13.00– 14.30

Lunch CGB


Plenary lecture by DAVID FALLOWS


Plenary lecture by GRAEME SMALL

16.00– 16.30

Coffee Break


Plenary lecture by Hugo van der Velden


Concert: La Morra

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