Maria Alessia Rossi

Art History Specialist
2C-13 Green Hall


Maria Alessia Rossi’s main research interests include medieval monumental art in the Byzantine and Slavic cultural spheres, cross-cultural contacts between the Eastern and Western Christian world, and the role of miracles in text and image. Her latest research project focuses on healing, water, and art in connection with the cult of the Zoodochos Pege.

Rossi joined the Index of Medieval Art initially as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and starting in September 2019, as an Art History Specialist. Over the last years, Rossi has taught at The Courtauld, worked for adult education institutions in London, and participated in the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative. She is the co-founder, together with Alice I. Sullivan, of the initiative North of Byzantium, sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, and of the digital platform Mapping Eastern Europe, and the co-editor of the Trivent book series Eastern European Visual Culture and Byzantium (13th–17th c.). Together with Julia Gearhart, they are working on a multi-year project titled Connecting Histories: The Princeton and Mount Athos Legacy.


Ph.D., The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (UK) 2017

Selected Publications

Rossi M.A., Visualizing Christ's Miracles in Late Byzantium: Art, Theology, and Court Culture (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, 2024).

Rossi M.A., “Christ’s Miracles in the Palaiologan Period: Narratives of Salvation in Text and Image” in Brodbeck S., Poilpré A. – O., Rapti I., eds., Histoires chrétiennes en images: espace, temps et structure de la narration. Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental (Éditions de la Sorbonne, Byzantina Sorbonensia 32, 2022), 309–26.

Ed., with Alice I. Sullivan, Eclecticism in Late Medieval Visual Culture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021).

Co-authored with Giulia Puma, “Metapainting in Fourteenth-Century Byzantium and Italy: Performing Devotion Through Time and Space” Studies in Iconography 42 (2021) 95–116.

Rossi M.A., “Beyond the Serbo-Byzantine Identity of St George at Staro Nagoričino” in Afterlife of Byzantine Monuments in Post-Byzantine Times. Special issue Études Byzantines et Post-Byzantines, III (X) (2021), ed. Boeck E., 17–41.

Rossi M.A., “Monumental Art” in Curta F., ed., Routledge Handbook of East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1300 (New York: Routledge, 2021), 506–29.

Ed., with Alice I. Sullivan, Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2020).

Ed., with Andrea Mattiello, Late Byzantium Reconsidered: The Arts of the Palaiologan Era in the Mediterranean (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2019).

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