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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 525: Head of the World which is now its Tail: Rome in the 14th Century

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Fedde van Ingen, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Gianluca Raccagni, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 525-aRecalling Antiquity in Widowed Rome: The Imperial Coronations
(Language: English)
Anne Maria Hendrika Huijbers, Independent Scholar, Grevenbicht
Index terms: Liturgy, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 525-bWhat Else is Rome but History?: Memory and Identity in Petrarch's Rome
(Language: English)
Fedde van Ingen, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Mentalities, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 525-cThe Icon, the Shrine, and the Black Death: The Cult of the Aracoeli Madonna in the Second Half of the Trecento
(Language: English)
Claudia Bolgia, History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Religious Life

During the 14th century, with the papacy in Avignon, the actual influence of Rome was at its all time low. Still, ideas and images of the city thrived, as they had done throughout the Middle Ages. Reshaped by upcoming humanism, Rome remained a tangible and enlightening example of the glorious past of the empire that bore its name. The absence of the curia marked a crisis of identity for the once unassailable caput mundi, but at the same time offered the Roman community a possibility to redefine its identity. This session will look into the (art) history of one of the most troublesome and forgotten, but also interesting periods of the city's history.