International Project: Mansions and residences of the nobility in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (2019)
- Project title: Mansions and residences of the nobility in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Rezydencje i siedziby szlacheckie w Wielkim Księstwie Litewskim)
- Project manager: prof. hab. dr. Tadeusz Bernatowicz
- Project managed by: Polish Institute of World Art Studies (Polski Instytut Studiów nad Sztuką Świata)
- The project is implemented in cooperation with the Polish National Institute of Cultural Heritage Abroad “Polonica” (Narodowy Instytut Polskiego Dziedzictwa Kulturowego za Granicą – Polonika)
- Period: 4-10/2019
International Project: A Study of the Development of Dining Area Planning in Lithuanian Manors in the 19th Century (2019)
- Project title: A Study of the Development of Dining Area Planning in Lithuanian Manors in the 19th Century
- Project manager: Marius Daraškevičius
- Project managed by: Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
- Project funded by: Project co – financed by the European Union Structural Funds (Number and title of the operational program: Nr. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-14-0160, Development of scientific competence of scientists, other researchers, students, through practical scientific activities).
- Period: 4-10/2019
Doctoral Research: Decently Dining: Modernizing Dining Rooms and Related Spaces in Lithuanian Manor Houses in 19th Century
- Theses supervisor: Associated Professor Doctor Rasa Butvilaitė
- Thesis title: Decently Dining: Modernizing Dining Rooms and Related Spaces in Lithuanian Manor Houses in 19th Century
- Institution: Lithuanian Culture Research Insitute (together with Vilnius Art Academy)
In many Lithuanian Manor Houses, the Dining Room, center of the aristocratic social life, was modernized in the late 18th and 19th century. Included were adjacent related spaces. In a complex and plurimethodical approach, the PhD examines the formal changes by identifying the most frequent schemes. The aim is to insert these transformations in the frame of the particular socio-historical development in Lithuanian as well as in the context of European modernization.
To achieve the aim, the thesis proceeds in three steps. The introductory chapter describes the European modernization process in 18th and 19th century and its impact on Lithuanian nobility, including the changing life conditions and consumption habits. The results are discussed in Chapter 2 within the architectural theory of the period, thus describing and explaining the changes in the general organization of the Apartament and of the food consumption–supply–storage–production chains. The social background will be sketched out in Chapter 3, providing an outline of relevant examples in three categories of the nobility: (international) high aristocracy, wealthy (national) nobles and petty nobles.
Keywords: modernization, manor house, house planning, dining room, nobility, Lithuania, nineteenth century