IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1732: At the Crossroads of Empires: Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella - A locus memoriae in Southern Lombardy, III

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Moderator/Chairs:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Respondent:Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Paper 1732-aThe Mother of God Takes Centre Stage: In Memory of Rome and Byzantium?
(Language: English)
Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1732-bTracing Radiation: Physical and Rendered Light in Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella
(Language: English)
Andrea Mattiello, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Byzantine Studies
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.