Society for European Festivals Research Conference 2019

Event Date: 
18 Sep 2019 to 20 Sep 2019

‘The Role of Courtly Spectacle in the Politics and Diplomatic Entanglements of the House of Savoy in the Renaissance and Early Modern Periods (1450–1750)’

State Archives of Turin




We suggest that the following topics might be included: traditions of Festival in Savoy; culture and tournament at the court of Carlo-Emanuele I; the first Madama Reale and French influence in Savoy Festivals; palaces made for Festival – the role of Amedeo di Castellamonte (architect); the musical household at Court – the works of Sigismondi d'India and Paolo Bisogni; poets at the Savoy court – Tasso, Tassoni, Marino, Chiabrera; painters at the Savoy court – Guido Reni, Antonio Tempesta and Federico Zuccari, Domenico Guidobono, and others; Festival as diplomacy and propaganda; mythology in the service of politics; Filippo d'Agliè – a unique promoter of Festival; Tommaso Borgonio – visual records of court entertainment; the role of Festival in negotiating diplomatic and military alliances involving members of the House of Savoy in Europe. Of course other appropriate topics will also be considered.

Submission date for papers: 
10 May 2019