IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1632: At the Crossroads of Empires: Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella - A locus memoriae in Southern Lombardy, II

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Paper 1632-aLocus memoriae: Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella in Its Cultural Landscape - The Building and Its Painted Decoration
(Language: English)
John Burnett Mitchell, School of World Art Studies & Museology, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Religious Life
Paper 1632-bVeneers of Sophistication: The Painted Decoration of Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella
(Language: English)
Beatrice Leal, Department of Art History & World Art Studies, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 1632-cSeen in a New Light: The Incomparable Murals of Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella
(Language: English)
Rubén Montoya González, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Abstract

The 9th-century church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella stands alone in a rural setting in the hills south-east of Salerno, capital of the southern Lombard principate. Largely unstudied and unknown outside local circles, the building showcases a host of cultural strategies in play in 9th-century Italy. Key to its understanding are issues such as private funerary commemoration, monastic outreach and investment, transalpine Frankish religious-political strategies, cultural interchange between northern and southern Italy, the interests and ideology of the Papacy, and iconophobia and iconophilia in the shadow of Byzantine iconoclasm. The role of local powers in the articulation of pilgrimage networks connecting western Europe to the Holy Land must also be taken into account. An on-going project supported by the British Academy and by the local municipality, will be presented in a series of papers looking at the history, archaeology, architecture, and art of the site, and at its position as a nexus of interests: local and external, personal, institutional, and political.