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Religion, Politics and the Arts in Early Medieval Italy Against the Background of the ‘Image Struggle’ (680-850)

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EC-Contrib. €






 ICONOPHILIA project word cloud

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Project "ICONOPHILIA" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Edgbaston
postcode: B15 2TT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2017-08-31


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 Project objective

This project will specifically focus firstly on the development and dissemination of the theological matters that affected the policies of the Roman Catholic Church between the late seventh-mid ninth century, and secondly on the ‘translation’ of these theological matters into a literary and visual imagery. In the period 680-850 a great debate about the cult of sacred images – the Byzantine ‘image struggle’ or iconoclasm – engaged monks, emperors, popes. Sacred images have for different reasons ispired devotion or spurred iconoclastic reactions and cultural opposition world-wide and often in human history – unfortunately also in the last fifteen years. The place of sacred image in the actual Christian religious mentality – i.e. the way in which cult images stimulate reactions, are perceived, venerated, chosen as personal ‘talismans’ and intercessors with the divine in contemporary culture – was radically shaped by the intense period of the Byzantine ‘image struggle’. The political, cultural, and artistic interactions and the developments of Christian mentality between the West and the East during this phase are actually still a ‘grey area’ in Medieval and Byzantine studies, having been dealt with only occasionally and compartimentally. By using literary as well as visual evidence, 'ICONOPHILIA' will explore this ‘grey area’ and prove to be significant to a range of scholarly disciplines, while being appealing also to a wider global audience interested in religious mentality, Church history, history of monasticism, cultural policies, visual thinking, art production and consumption as socio-political statements. The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in Birmingham will provide the ideal intellectual environment for the development of this interdisciplinary project.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
Iconophilia. Religion, Politics, and Sacred Images in Italy, c. 680–880(to appear in May 2018, there is not yet a DOI / Repository link)
published pages: I do not know ye, ISSN: 1846-8551, DOI:
IKON once a year 2019-07-23
2018 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
Iconophilia: Religion, Politics, and Sacred Images in Early Medieval Italy. Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman StudiesRoutledge(there is not yet a DOI, as I have to submit it by the end of December 2017)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
The ‘Cintola’ (Girdle) of Pisa Cathedral and Mary as Ecclesia, in Voilé-Dévoilé. Le rideau dans la culture chrétienne de l\'Antiquité & du Moyen Âge, É. Palazzo, L.-J. Bord, V. Debiais (eds.), Paris, Geuthner (accepted, Nov. 2016, so there is not DOI yet, nor repository link).
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Voilé-Dévoilé. Le rideau dans la culture chrétienne de l\'Antiquité & du Moyen Âge 2019-07-23
2018 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
What about Greek(s) in Eighth- and Ninth-Century Rome?, in Global Byzantium. 50th Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Abingdon, Routledge(to be submitted in October 2017)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Global Byzantium. 50th Symposium of Byzantine Studies once a year 2019-07-23
2019 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
Nuove immagini mariane: l’impatto degli orientali in Occidente al tempo dell’Iconoclasmo, in Le migrazioni nell’Alto Medioevo, LXVI Settimana di Studio (Spoleto, 5–11 April 2018), Spoleto (submission March 2018, so there is not yet a DOI, nor repository link)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Settimane di studio del Centro Italiano di Studi sull\'Alto Medioevo once a year 2019-07-23
2018 Francesca Dell\'Acqua
Mary as ‘scala caelestis’ in Eighth and Ninth Century Italy, in The Reception of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images, M. B. Cunningham, T. Arentzen (eds.), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (accepted, May 2017, so there is no DOI yet, nor repository link).
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Reception of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images once 2019-07-23
2018 Francesca Dell’Acqua, Ivan Foletti, Vincenzo Gheroldi, Beatrice Leal, Sara Marazzani & John Mitchell
Echoes of Milan in ninth-century Langobardia Minor? Preliminary findings on the painted programme of Sant\'Ambrogio alla Rienna, Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno), in ‘Convivium’ (to appear in 2018, there is no DOI yet, nor repository link)
published pages: , ISSN: 2336-3452, DOI:
Convivium 2/year 2019-07-23

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