e urgently need to unveil the late-medieval domestic space, which until today remains virtually untouched by historiography. Visual representations of late medieval cities – an iconographic genre that became more common through the proliferation of city maps, etchings and paintings – reveal a bounded setting, safely contained within the city walls, whereby our gaze is diverted towards the splendid belfries, market halls and churches. However, we tend to overlook the many depicted houses, the 'inhabited spaces', which are shown in much higher quantities even than the so-called 'spaces of urbanity'. Hitherto, the specificities of these inhabited spaces and especially how citizens used, organized and decorated their domestic interiors, have hardly received any systematic scholarly attention.
This project has the ambition to analyze the creation and experience of these domestic spaces, by means of interrogating the organization and decoration (i.e. furniture, wall decorations, household textiles and artwork) of the interior. The formerly Brabantine metropolis of Antwerp, the Flemish commercial hub of Bruges and the Burgundian city of Dijon offer the ideal test-cases for this study. Not only do they harbor extensive amounts of high quality probate inventories, they also represent the highly evolved cultural and commercial urban environment of the Low Countries and Burgundy in the 15th and 16th century.