Conference Session | Water, Gods, and the Iconography of Power

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 25, 2017

Design for a Carriage Built by Andrea Cornely after a design by Ciro Ferri, engraving published in An Account of His Excellence, Roger Earl of Castelmaine’s Embassy from His Sacred Majesty James the II King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland &c. To His Holiness Innocent XI (London, ca. 1687). London: V&A 19393. Inscriptions read: “The Tritons behind support two Majestic figures of Neptune & Britannia who extend each / an Arm & rear up the Imperial Crown of England’ and in the lower center of the plate, “A Marine Lion with two Genii each curbing ye Lion & Unicorn, one next Neptune holds his Trident.”

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From the programme:

A donde Neptuno reina: Water, Gods and the Iconography
of Early Modern Power (16th–18th Centuries)
CHAM Conference—Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People, and Environments
Lisbon, 13 July 2017

Organized by Pilar Diez del Corral

Since Antiquity, the personification of water—rivers or seas—has been a recurrent elements in the iconography related to power. From the Tigris to the Ganges, from the Mare Nostrum to the Atlantic Sea, water seems to have been an essential element in the visual display of powerful monarchies and empires. After the European discovery of the Americas, oceans started also to play an extraordinary role in allegorical representations, especially in Spain and Portugal, though elsewhere, too. This panel approaches water iconography, especially as related to oceans, as a mode of representation of power during the early modern period, addressing its role in politics and culture.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Room 2, Edificio I+D, Avenida de Berna, 26-C


9.30  Welcome by Pilar Diez del Corral (Technische Universität, Berlin)

9.40  Morning Session, Part I
• Liana De Girolami Cheney (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), Giorgio Vasari’s Neptune as Cosimo I de’ Medici: Element of Water as a Political Symbolism
• Ilaria Bernocchi (University of Cambridge), Heroic Portraiture and Political Supremacy: ‘Andrea Doria as Neptune’ in Medals, Plaquettes, and the Heroic Portrait by Agnolo Bronzino
• Linda Briggs (University of Manchester), Gods and Monsters: Representations of Water in the Royal Entries of Henri II and Charles IX of France

11.00  Coffee break

11.30  Morning Session, Part II
• Jeremy Roe (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), From Image to Allegory: Faria e Sousa on Camoes’ Poetic Images of Neptune
• Carla Alferes Pinto and Cristina Brito (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), About Gods, Neptunian Man, and Horse Mackerels: The Ocean in the Representation of Power in Infanta Beatrice’s Wedding Theatre Play (1521)
• Christopher Kreutchen (Technische Universität, Dortmund), Moved by the Elementary Power of Neptune

13:00  Lunch break

14:00  Afternoon Session, Part I
• Laura García Sánchez (Universidad de Barcelona), The Vision of the New World through the Literature and Theatre of the Golden Age: Oceans and Seas, Myths and Gods
• Diego Solá (Universidad de Barcelona), ‘Iberi Imperii finis limes et orbis erit’: China, Spain, and the Ocean through Propagandistic and Cartographic Representations (XVI–XVII Centuries)
• Filipa Araujo (Universidade de Coimbra), Reis d’ Aquém e d’Além-Mar: Emblematic Representations of Water in Portuguese Royal Festivities (17th Century)
• Álvaro Pascual Chenel (Universidad de Valladolid), Rivers and Oceans in Royal Iconography and Spanish Monarchy Representation during the Modern Age

15:40  Coffee break

16:00  Afternoon Session, Part II
• Giacomo Montanari (Università degli Studi di Genova), The Neptune’s Palace: Iconographies of the Power into the House of Stefano Durazzo in Genova
• Fernando Miguel Jalôto (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), ‘Il gran Monarca è questi, che sempre dominò su’l Gange e’l Tago’: Aquatic Metaphors and Allegories to the Reign of John V in Contemporary Musical Works
• Fernando Morato (Ohio State University), Mar Portuguez: The Atlantic Ocean as Stage for Portuguese Domination of the Americas

17:00  Concluding discussion





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