• Repräsentationsstrategien deutscher Fürstinnen in der Spätaufklärung

    Author(s):
    Joachim Berger (see profile)
    Date:
    2004
    Group(s):
    Early Modern History, History
    Subject(s):
    Enlightenment, Courts and courtiers, Princesses, Europe--Holy Roman Empire, Europe--Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    enlightenment, Court societies, sociability, virtu, female agency
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/d3b5-3588
    Abstract:
    After the Seven Years War German petty courts increasingly felt obliged to justify their very existence. Therefor members of the reigning dynasties developped strategies to represent themselves as ›enlightened‹ rulers. Especially for non-reigning princesses, practice and patronage of the fine arts – theatre, music, landscape gardening, literature, the plastic and graphic arts – should not only compensate for the dullness of everyday life at court, but were crucial means of an ›enlightened‹ representation. Duchess Anna Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1739–1807) for example tried to (re-) present herself and her tiny court as well-informed in all current developments of fashion and the arts. The paper concludes in proposing further criteria to grasp the range of ›enlightenedness‹ of 18th-century princesses. Après le guerre de sept ans les petits courts allemands se sentaient de plus en plus obligé de justifier leur existence. Ainsi, membres des dynasties regnantes developpaient des strategies de se représenter comme princes ‹éclairés›. Principalement pour les princesses non-regnantes, la pratique et le patronage des arts – théatre, musique, jardinage, literature, les arts plastiques – ne seulement compensaient pour l’ennui quotidien, mais de plus seraient des moyens décisifs d’une représentation ‹éclairée›. La duchesse Anne Amélie de Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1739–1809), par example, essayait de représenter la-même et leur petit court comme bien-informé et à la mode dans les arts et les courants du jour. Cet essai conclue en proposant d’autres critères pour saisir l’étendue de ‹l’éclaircissement› des princesses du 18ème siècle.
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