Past Event

Ravenna and the traditions of late antique and early Byzantine craftsmanship: Culture, labor and the economy

March 7, 2013 - March 8, 2013
2:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Organizer: Salvatore Cosentino (University of Bologna, former Academy Fellow) Co-sponsor: University of Bologna

Ravenna preserves the richest and most abundant historical evidence of all of the Mediterranean centers of late antique and early Byzantine artifacts. Its cultural heritage is vast, ranging from luxury objects to papyri and inscriptions, from mosaics to glass, from ivories to marble and from pottery to coins. Starting from concrete typologies of hand-manufactured goods existing in the Ravennate cultural milieu, the conference aims to enlarge its focus on the multifaceted traditions of late antique and early Byzantine handicraft from the fourth to the eighth century CE. 

Our goal is to consider patronage, social taste, acculturation, workers and the economic industry of production which supported the demand, circulation and distribution of artifacts, rather than evaluating the artistic qualities of the objects themselves.

  • Irina Andreescu-Treadgold
    Independant Scholar
  • Paul Arthur
    University of Salento
  • Isabella Baldini
    University of Bologna
  • Tom Brown
    University of Edinburgh
  • Anthony Cutler
    Penn State University
  • Salvatore Cosentino
    University of Bologna
  • Deborah Deliyannis 
    Indiana University
  • David Freedberg
    Columbia University
  • John Haldon
    Princeton University
  • Judith Herrin
    King’s College London
  • Holger A. Klein
    Columbia University
  • Glenn Peers
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Chiara Guarnieri
    Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Emilia Romagna
  • Vivien Prigent
    Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique