The Fifth Century in Rome: Art, Liturgy, Patronage

The Fifth Century in Rome: Art, Liturgy, Patronage


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The Fifth Century in Rome: Art, Liturgy, Patronage by Sible de Blaauw, Olof Brandt, Ivan Foletti, Zuzana Frantova

The objective of this book is to draw attention to fifth-century Rome - to those hundred years which even today need to be looked at from different perspectives. It is a key moment, a border between worlds, far too important not to receive further attention. The studies, presented here together, aim to respond to new demands: the art object remains at the centre, but with a new search for its context. This context would be unthinkable without the key concept of co-existence - between popular and elite culture, popes and emperors, pagans and Christians. As well as between liturgy - intrinsically necessary to the Christian world - and patronage - the intellectual project which stems from a cultural concept. Moreover, co-existence is crucial between the mindset of the Roman elites (the tradition inscribed in the city's DNA), and new internal and external demands arising from this rich moment in the history of Rome. The fifth-century, studied in this book, is the moment in which future and past meet, and Antique and Christian coincide. An artistic moment with only one identifying feature: its incredibly rich complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788867282111
Publisher: Viella - libreria editrice
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Series: I libri di Viella. Arte / Studia Artium Medievalium Brunensia Series , #4
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,006,302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ivan Foletti is an associate professor at Masaryk University in Brno, Czeeh Republic. Received his PhD in Art History at the Lausanne University where he was Assistant and Senior Lecture. His research focuses on the historiography of Byzantine Art. He has also dealt with Milan, Rome and Constantinople in the Early Christian Period. Specifically, he explores and examines early Christian monuments from the liturgical and ritual point of view.

Manuela Gianandrea is professor of Medieval Art History at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is curator of the Dominican Museum of Santa Sabina all Aventino, Rome. She organized international conferences and published studies on medieval Rome and Southern Italy. Her researches are mainly focusing on the reinterpretation of the artistic phenomena through the analysis of textual sources and the reassessment of traditional historiography.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

I New Languages Old Patterns

God From God. Christ as the Translation of Jupiter Serapis in the Mosaic of Santa Pudenziana Ivan Foletti 11

Real Marble and Fake Marble on the Antique Façade of Santa Sabina all 'Aventino, Rome Manuela Gianandrea 31

Sicut in caelo et in terra. Observations on the cathedra vacua in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome Ivan Foletti 41

II The Architectural Space: Text and Context

Expanding the Christian Footprint: Church Building in the City and the Suburbium Dale Kinney 65

Richard Krautheimer and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Sible de Blaauw 99

San Lorenzo outside the Walls: The Complicated Relationship Between Structures and Written Sources Olof Brandt 105

III Art and Liturgy

The Doors of Santa Sabina: Between Stational Liturgy and Initiation Ivan Foletti 121

The British Museum Casket with Scenes of the Passion: The Easter Liturgy? and the Apse of St. John Lateran in Rome Ivan Foletti 139

Maranatha: Space, Liturgy, and Image in the Basilica of Saints Cosmos and Damian on the Roman Forum Ivan Foletti 161

IV Patronage

The Artistic Patronage of the Popes in Fifth-Century Rome Manuela Gianandrea 183

Ivory "Icons", Leo the Great and Monophysite Heresy Zuzana Frantová 217

The "Rediscovery" of Rome in Imperial Patronage of the Arts in the Fifth Century Manuela Gianandrea 243

Bibliography 255

Index of Names 301

Index of Places 307

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