Sara Bernert | Parameters of Splendor in European Palaces 1650-1750 | Overarching project: PALAMUSTO – Research and Training for the Palace Museum of Tomorrow (Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 861426.) | Utrecht University, Department of History and Art History and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed | Promotor(es); supervisor(s): Prof. Dr. Konrad Ottenheym and Dr. Eloy Koldeweij | March 2020 – March 2024 | s.e.bernert1[at]cultureelerfgoed.nl
From the mid-17th Century onward, a change in European Palace interiors emerged. The corresponding planning of the room shell and its decoration. Leading interiors and their furnishings to a new level of appearance.
Responsible was a new type of architectural project manager: The designateur. He was overseeing the project as an entity and making the apartments more coherent and elevated in contrast to earlier times. Grandeur, divinity, and splendor should underline the importance of the owner. But also his claim to honor and his role in society.
Examining different case studies, the proposed research is aiming to get answers on the contemporary criteria for interior decorum around 1700. The main to be answered questions will be:
Firstly, what were the must-haves for an elaborated appearance? Then secondly, was the ceremonial hierarchy of the apartment mirrored in the decoration of rooms?And thirdly to examine the forgotten codes. What was the contemporary connotation of interior decoration? Understanding what people were aware of then, but that has been forgotten over time.
To do this, written and printed source material is to be studied. But also, the social, political, and cultural networks that the actors were intertwined in will be examined since the assumption is that these networks play a crucial role in the development of European Court interiors.