Prof. Stefano Riccioni

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Stefano Riccioni has an M.A. in Humanities (Art History) with a thesis on Medieval art history (University of Florence), a Diploma in Archive Studies, Palaeography and Diplomatics (State Archives of Rome), and a PhD in Art History with a thesis on Medieval art history (La Sapienza University of Rome), and was awarded the Licence in Mediaeval Studies (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies of Toronto). He hold fellowships from various Italian and foreign research institutions including the Ecole Française de Rome, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies of Toronto and The Getty Foundation of Los Angeles, and was assistant professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is currently Associate Professor of History of Medieval Art at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice and chercheur associé (associate researcher) at the CNRS, UMR 5594 - ARTeHIS (CEM Auxerre and University of Dijon).
Stefano Riccioni's main research interests are in Medieval Art History, Medieval Epigraphy and the Mediterranean area as a centre of cultural exchange between East and West. His interdisciplinary approach aims to focus on iconographic and iconological investigation, the reception of works of art, their audience and patrons. Major topics include: relationships between text, script and image in visual arts related to their space and environment and a methodological proposal called "Epiconography" which aims to consider the inscribed monument as a "complex visual discourse", a linguistic unit created according to its public (or private) exhibition. His most influent scientific contributions deal with case studies linked to these major topics: theory and artistic and graphic production during the Church Reform (11th-12th cent.) in Rome and Europe; signatures of medieval artists as an insight into their literacy and 'culture'; History of Art and conservation of Cultural Heritage in Armenia and Subcaucasia; visual representations of animals (monumental Bestiary); artistic production in Venice and the Adriatic area (9th-14th century); relationships between publishing, exhibitions and museums. Forthcoming publications include a monograph on the Mosaic of S. Maria in Trastevere in Rome (Rome, Scienze e Lettere) and L'Arte Armena. Storia critica e nuove prospettive, edited by Aldo Ferrari, Stefano Riccioni, Marco Ruffilli and Beatrice Spampinato (Venice, Edizioni Ca' Foscari).

  • Medieval Art History, Medieval Epigraphy and the Mediterranean area as a centre of cultural exchange between East and West
  • History of Art and conservation of Cultural Heritage in Armenia and Subcaucasia
  • Relationships between text, script and image in visual arts related to space and ecology
  • Artistic and graphic production during the "European Church Reform" (11th-12thcent.)
  • Signatures of medieval artists, their literacy and 'culture'
  • Visual representations of animals (monumental Bestiary)
  • Artistic production in Venice and the Adriatic area (9th-14th century)

Investigation on the monumental art of the Mediterranean area, including the Sub-Caucasian regions and in particular Armenian artistic and cultural heritage; focus on relationships between "public lettering", architecture, ecology and space (understood both as geographical, cultural space and "landscape") while exploring the possibilities of setting up an exhibition of Armenian art outside of Armenia.
Conducting research for a new publication on the mosaic of S. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, and further studies on the art of church reform in Europe

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