Golden crowns, paper crowns. The Savoys and the objectification of royalty

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Luisa Clotilde Gentile
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/1-2 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 77-97 File size 222 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2022-001006
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Still in the midst of the 19th century, there was a need to resort to an ancient and effective symbol that would evoke the sacredness of the person of the sovereign, reinterpreted in Italy in a secular and national key. The definition of the crown of the new kingdom, a visual state-building element, was not straightforward, gradually reflecting the po-litical tensions of the moment. It remained a symbol detached from objective reality, existing only in the iconography and heraldry of the sovereign or the state: a virtual representation, the effectiveness of which had been tested by the Savoy princes in their centuries-long quest for royalty.

Keywords: Monarchy, Nation, State-building, Heraldry, Iconography.

Luisa Clotilde Gentile, Corone d’oro, corone di carta. I Savoia e l’oggettivazione della regalità in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2022, pp 77-97, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2022-001006