Courtly Representation through Theater and Festival

The purpose of this project is to analyze theatrical performances and courtly celebrations for their content and representative ceremonial meaning, since they served much less as pure entertainment than as the representation and demonstration of princely greatness and power, the glorification of the ruling house, and the manifestation of its claims of power over other dynasties. Self-representation on stage was an essential component of the practice and cult of the ruler in the Early Modern Age: this was true of the Viennese court as well as of the other European courts.

Adjunct Project: Festivals and Celebrations within the Casa de Austria

Publications: Andrea Sommer-Mathis