The Salerno Ivories
Objects, Histories, Contexts
edited by Francesca Dell'Acqua, Anthony Cutler, Herbert L. Kessler, Avinoam Shalem and Gerhard Wolf
The so-called Salerno ivories comprise more than sixty carved plaques datable between the eleventh and the twelfth centuries, combining Islamic, Byzantine, Coptic, and western Christian features. They present superb craftsmanship, display numerous biblical scenes as well as portraits of saints and magnificent decorative ornaments.
In medieval times as today constituting one of the most precious and impressive treasures of the Cathedral of Salerno, they have attracted the attention of many historians and art historians, who have tried to contextualize the ivories in the medieval history of Salerno, southern Italy, and the Mediterranean. Yet, they remain enigmatic, as do the many questions concerning their date, place of production, patronage, function, and possible audience.
Accompanied with new photographs produced in a campaign of the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, which for the first time present the ivories' backs and sides as well as the reliefs, the volume brings together articles written by scholars with different backgrounds and perspectives on medieval art. It presents the Salerno ivories in an interdisciplinary approach and sheds new light on their important position as mirroring the visual culture of the "Mediterranean" during an the age of intense commercialism and cultural exchange.
With contributions by Pietro Baraldi, Gabriella Bernardi, Patricia Blessing, Maria Cristina Carile, Jill Caskey, Fabrizio Crivello, Anthony Cutler, Francesca Dell'Acqua, Antony Eastmond, Maria Evangelatou, Giovanni Gasbarri, Giovanni Guardia, Sarah M. Guérin, Herbert L. Kessler, Ruggero Longo, Antonio Milone, Elisabetta Scirocco, Avinoam Shalem, Francesca Tasso, Natalia B. Teteriatnikov, and Gerhard Wolf.