Maria Alessia Rossi   Art History Specialist

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Maria Alessia Rossi

Art History SpecialistThe 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.

Rossi joined the Index of Medieval Art initially as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and starting in September 2019, as an Art History Specialist. She 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 The Courtauld, worked for adult education institutions in London, and participated in the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative. 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. In addition, together with Alice Sullivan, Rossi has developed the new initiative North of Byzantium, sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. Currently she is working towards the publication of a monograph based on her PhD thesis, tentatively titled Christ’s Miracles in Monumental Art: Theological Debates and Court Culture in Late Byzantium.

Selected Publications

“Reconsidering the Early Palaiologan Period: Anti-Latin Propaganda, Miracle Accounts, and Monumental Art” in Late Byzantium Reconsidered: The Arts of the Palaiologan Era in the Mediterranean, eds. Andrea Mattiello, M. Alessia Rossi (Routledge, 2019) 71-84.

Editor and introduction, with Andrea Mattiello, Late Byzantium Reconsidered: The Arts of the Palaiologan Era in the Mediterranean (Routledge, 2019).

“The Miracle Cycle between Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mistra” in From Constantinople to the Frontier: the City and the Cities, eds. Nicholas Matheou, Theofili Kampianaki, Lorenzo Bondioli (Brill, 2016) 226-242.

Editor and introduction, with Alice Sullivan, North of Byzantium: Artistic and Cultural Interchange in Eastern Europe in the Later Middle Ages (Brill, forthcoming 2020).

Selected Papers

Early Fourteenth-Century Serbian Monumental Painting: Continuation or Rupture with Byzantium?, 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 4-7, 2018

Simonis’ Contested Identity: Byzantine Princess and Serbian Queen, Christie's Education Conference, Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts, New York, June 26 - 27, 2018

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