On the Making of Holy Places Along the Sea Routes of the Eastern Mediterranean

Michele Bacci, Seminar in Comparative Medieval Material Culture
(China, Islam, Europe)

October 12, 2011

The connection with the Holy Land was frequently made visible by the dissemination of both site-relics (such as stones from the holy sites) and body-parts of saints being especially worshipped by Holy Land pilgrims, such as Saint Catherine and Saint Barbara. In his talk, "On the Making of Holy Places Along the Sea Routes of the Eastern Mediterranean," Michele Bacci discusses the visual and architectural strategies by which all such new sites were established and made attractive to the pilgrims’ eyes.

Michele Bacci was appointed Associate Professor of Iconography and Iconology in Siena University in 2002; since September 2011 he has been Chair of Medieval Art History in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.



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