Maria Alessia Rossi   Postdoctoral Researcher

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Maria Alessia Rossi

Postdoctoral ResearcherThe Index of Medieval Art


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

Maria Alessia Rossi’s main research interests include Byzantine artistic production and patronage in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; artistic and iconographic exchanges between the Byzantine Empire and the Serbian Kingdom; the role of the miraculous; artistic transfer and exchange in medieval art between East and West.

Before joining the Index as Postdoctoral Researcher, Rossi earned her BA in History of Art from 'La Sapienza' University of Rome and her MA and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Over the last years, Rossi has taught at an undergraduate and postgraduate level at The Courtauld and worked for adult education institutions in London. Since 2014, she has been co-organizing the research project Exploring Fourteenth-Century Art Across the Eastern and Western Christian World in collaboration with Dr Livia Lupi. Currently she is working towards the publication of a monograph based on her PhD thesis, focusing on the development and proliferation of Christ’s Miracle Cycle in monumental decoration between the years 1280-1330 in the Byzantine Empire and the Serbian territories.

Selected Publications

Rossi M.A., Mattiello A., eds., Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Period (Routledge, forthcoming 2019)

Rossi M.A., ‘The Miracle Cycle between Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mistra’ in Matheou N., Kampianaki T., Bondioli L. eds., From Constantinople to the Frontier: the City and the Cities (Brill, 2016) 226-242

Rossi M.A., Casnati G., Lucchini A., ‘Studio e Conservazione di Affreschi e Pitture Murali in Armenia. Il Monastero di Kobayr’ Marcianum X (2014) 149-170

Selected Papers

Christ’s Miracles in the Palaiologan Period: a Bridge between the New Testament and the Fourteenth-Century Narrative of Salvation, Journée d'Etudes Histoires Chrétiennes en Images: Espace, Temps et Structure de la Narration. Byzance et Moyen Âge Occidental, Paris 23 November 2017

Christ’s Miracle Cycle in Fourteenth-Century Multicultural Thessaloniki, 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade 22-27 August 2016

Andronikos II Palaiologos and the Orthodox Church: A Time of Flourishing or the Beginning of the End?, The International Medieval Congress, Leeds 6-9 July 2015 

Questioning the Importance of Names: Artists and Patrons in the Fourteenth-century Serbian Kingdom, The Courtauld Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing research 2015, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 5-6 March 2015

And their Eyes were Opened: the Perceptions of Christ's Miracle Cycle in the Early Palaiologan Period, The 40th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Vancouver, 6-9 November 2014