One of the most arresting spectacles in early-modern Rome was the pope’s procession from St. Peter’s church to St. John in Lateran to mark his “possession” of the city after his election. The possesso featured a colorful cortege made up of ecclesiastical dignitaries and their servants parading with an array of symbolic objects. This session invites papers on the various configurations of this papal triumph, according to texts and images. Between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, what kind of evidence does the visual, musical, or textual culture of papal ceremonies provide? What contradictions emerge when one compares these sources? What did their material culture consist of? What meanings did it produce? How about the sensory dimension?
Send abstract and CV to Pascale Rihouet (organizer): firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2016.