Manos Vakondios | The court chapel across religious boundaries | Overarching project: PALAMUSTO (Palace Museum of Tomorrow), funded by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) program https://www.palamusto.eu/ | Utrecht University, History and Art History | Supervisors: Prof. dr. Konrad Ottenheym & Dr. Eloy Koldeweij | 1 March 2020 – 29 February 2024 | m.vakondios[at]uu.nl
The object of the PALAMUSTO project is to create a new history of palace, which will define its relevance as cultural heritage for present-day Europe, and demonstrate new results based on the doctoral projects of ten early stage researchers supported by inter-sectoral training. This new history will be based on the art and architecture linked with the court residences and combine research on their material, technical and representational aspects resulted in a common GIS platform created by the doctoral researchers of the project.
The aim of my individual PhD project is to examine and analyze the court chapel in the turbulent period between the sixteenth and eighteenth century. The objective is to contextualize, compare, and understand various religious spaces in court residences by analyzing their function, architecture, location, role and meaning at Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist and Anglican courts. The links between the court chapel’s architecture and its ecclesiastical and symbolical function, along with the differentiations occurred in various politico-religious systems will be studied. Questions of daily religious activities, rooting, accessibility, visibility, gender and the sociopolitical context are of utmost importance. Cases will be chosen from the Early Modern courts in France, Holy Roman Empire, England and Denmark. Sources that will be examined are the buildings, their archival documentation (inventories, descriptions), depictions in prints and drawings, architectural drawings and treatises. The results of this doctoral project will be contributed to a GIS-based platform as a tool for a layered understanding of the court residence as phenomenon of exchange.