London 11 and 12 April Paul Mellon Centre: A perfect place to present a paper on Rabo, Cupido and Sideron at the court of stadtholder William IV and V.
2019 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), who is well known for her patronage of art, architecture and court entertainments, in particular masques devised by Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones.
To mark this important anniversary, the Society for Court Studies, with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the School of Arts and Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Birkbeck College, organised two-day conference focusing on performance and the courts of the British Isles and continental Europe during the early-modern period, with the opportunity to explore the networks and encounters between courts, both within and beyond Europe.
Performance was at the heart of the early-modern period, with the court itself forming a stage for the construction, communication and display of power and privilege;
a world in which the social relationships that circulated around rulers, their families and
supporters took shape and found expression.
The court also formed a rich source of inspiration for composers, playwrights
and actors, whether representing courts in their dramas, playing before the court or
devising masques and ballets with courtiers as performers.
Equally, art and artistic patronage were of central importance, not only through the direct participation of painters, designers and craftsmen in ceremonies, dramas and other occasions, but also through portraiture and other forms of representation. Indeed, a work of art was often perceived and described as a performance.
In all its senses, performance represented opportunities for individuals and groups
to find ways of expressing their ideals, their ambitions and aspirations, their frustrations
This conference aims to bring this sense of opportunity to the study of the
early-modern court, thinking in the broadest possible terms about how we can define our approaches and how, by taking the theme of performance as our guide, we can open up the study of the courtly world and its peoples to new scholarship and new audiences.
An my panel with
A perfect panel and introduction for the black servants at the court in my paper.
Thank you Janet Dickinson and Jacqueline Riding !
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