CONFERENCE: Santa Maria Antiqua: the “Sistine Chapel of the 8th Century” in Context. A Consideration of the Site from the 4th – 9th Century, The British School at Rome (BSR, Via Gramsci 61, 00197 Roma), 4-7 December 2013.
A conference to celebrate the completion of the restoration of Santa Maria Antiqua and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Gordon McNeil Rushforth, first Director of the School.
Between 1900 and 1914 Giacomo Boni and the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma exposed and excavated the church complex of Santa Maria Antiqua, which was abandoned in the 9th century and later completely buried. In 1902, Gordon Rushforth, first Director of the British School at Rome, published one of the earliest definitive papers on the site. In 2000, these two organisations organised the Conference Santa Maria Antiqua al Foro Romano cento anni dopo to mark the centenary of the exposure of the site. These two organisations are delighted, in 2013, again to sponsor jointly, with others, a conference to consider further advances in research on this unique church and also to consider the additional information gained during the restorations now nearing completion. The conference will include a visit to the site (which is not yet routinely accessible).
Wednesday, 4 December 2013, at 9.00
Session One: Introductions and Welcome
Christopher Smith, Director of the British School at Rome
Mariarosaria Barbera, Soprintendente, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma
Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, World Monuments Fund.
Session Two: Gordon Rushforth: Commemoration of his life and work
Chair: Christopher Smith
* Peter Wiseman, Gordon McNeil Rushforth. The First Director of the British School at Rome and Santa Maria Antiqua
* John Osborne, Rushforth and the Text of Magister Gregorius’ Narracio de mirabilibus urbis Romae
* Andrea Paribeni, Con Boni nel Foro? Le relazioni tra Gordon McNeil Rushforth e Giacomo Boni secondo la Documentazione Archivistica
* Giovanni Gasbarri, Wladimir de Grüneisen and the study of Santa Maria Antiqua in its multi-cultural context
* Eileen Rubery, The Church of Santa Maria Antiqua: Researching with Rushforth’s paper.
Session Three: The Santa Maria Antiqua complex and its Links with the Palatine
Chair: Andrea Augenti
* Henry Hurst, The Basilica and Diaconia of Santa Maria Antiqua
* David Knipp, Richard Delbrück and the Reconstruction of a ‘Ceremonial Route’ in Domitian’s Palace Vestibule
* Kaelin Jewell, A Chalke in Rome? Byzantine Authority and the Palatine Hill
* Robert Coates-Stephens, “Oratory of the Forty Martyrs”.
Session Four: Understanding and Conserving Santa Maria Antiqua (1984-2013)
Chair: Maria Andaloro/ Giuseppe Morganti
* Giuseppe Morganti, “Per meglio provvedere alla conservazione dei dipinti”: Santa Maria Antiqua 1984-2013
* Ernesto Monaco, Misurare Santa Maria Antiqua da Petrignani ad oggi
* Werner Schmid, Diario di un lungo restauro (2000-2013)
* Alia Englen, Dialogando coi restauratori.
Chair: Giuseppe Morganti/ Maria Andaloro
* Maria Andaloro, Riscoprire le pitture di Santa Maria Antiqua dai ponteggi
* Giulia Bordi, L’abside e i suoi strati
* Maria Andaloro, Giulia Bordi, Manuela Viscontini, Sylvia Amato, Claudio Pelosi, Paola Pogliani, Werner Schmid, Valeria Valentini, Occhi puntati sui palinsesti di Santa Maria Antiqua.
18 30: Book Launch: Old St Peter’s, Rome, Edited by R. McKitterick, J. Osborne, C. M. Richardson and J. Storey (Cambridge University Press).
Thursday, 5 December, at 9.00
- Visit to Santa Maria Antiqua and the Oratory of the 40 Martyrs.
Session Five: Santa Maria Antiqua, the Lateran Synod and other Church Councils
Chair: Eileen Rubery
Session 5A: Events surrounding the Lateran Synod
* Rosamond McKitterick, The Seventh- and early Eighth-century Sections of the Liber pontificalis
* Richard Price, The Frescoes in Santa Maria Antiqua and the Lateran Synod of 649
* Catherine Cubitt, The Lateran Synod of 649 and Santa Maria Antiqua: Ritual Action and its audience.
Session 5B: Events after the Lateran Synod
* Marek Jankowiak, Rome at the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681): an Unexpected Victory
* Manuela Gianandrea, Il dipinto murale di Santa Sabina all’Aventino e il Concilio del 680: implicazioni teologiche di una rara iconografia
* Johannes Börjesson, The cult of Augustine in the Byzantine Church of the First Millennium.
18.30: At the Villa Aurelia: Peter Brown, Constantine, Eusebius of Caesarea and the Future of Christianity.
Friday, 6 December, at 9.00
Session Six: The Cult of Saints at S Maria Antiqua
Chair: David Knipp
* Eileen Rubery, Santa Maria Antiqua, the cult of Cyrus and John in Rome and Sophronius of Jerusalem
* Philip Booth, Eastern monks and eastern cults in seventh-century Rome
* Arkadii Avdokhin, Forging identities, promoting Orthodoxies – Lateran Synod Texts in the Sanctuary Frescoes of Santa Maria Antiqua and their Byzantine context.
- Alexandra Vukovich, (Poster) The Genesis of Eastern Monastic Themes at the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua.
Session Seven: Santa Maria Antiqua: Images of worship in the Sanctuary
Chair: Valentino Pace
* Per Olav Folgerø, Expression of Dogma: Text and Imagery in the Triumphal Arch Decoration in the Sanctuary of S. Maria Antiqua in Rome (705-707 A.D.)
* Ann van Dijk, Visual Diplomacy on the Apsidal Arch of Santa Maria Antiqua
* Maria Lidova, The Power of Maria Regina: Imperial Background and Theological connotations of the Early Byzantine Image.
Session Eight: Santa Maria Antiqua: Patronage and Theology
Chair: Peter Brown
* Beat Brenk, Santa Maria Antiqua: Patronage and Theology
* Marios Costambeys, Liturgy and Patronage at Santa Maria Antiqua in the Eighth century
* Clemens Gantner, The Pontificate of Zacharias.
Posters relevant to this session are:
- Ádám Bollók, The Jewels of Theodotus’ Daughter between Rome and Byzantium
- Maria Grafova, The Row of Saints in the Left Aisle of Santa Maria Antiqua as Historical Evidence of the Iconoclast Era at Rome.
Session Nine: Final Discussion: Santa Maria Antiqua in Context: directions for future research
Chair: John Osborne
Discussion will open around four questions:
- What was Santa Maria Antiqua’s original function?
- What was the role played by the Greek monks?
- How did the church’s function change over the years?
- Where do we go from here: new avenues of research?
Additional visits arranged for Saturday 7 December (Note: final details will be given at the conference):
- Visit to Santa Sabina:
- Visit to the church of Santa Passera.