CONF: Il Pallio di San Lorenzo (Florence, 1-2 Feb 18)

Florence, Opificio delle Pietre Dure / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, February 1 – 02, 2018

Il Pallio di San Lorenzo: Dopo il restauro e prima del suo ritorno a Genova

pallio.jpgThis workshop focuses on the so-called ‘Pallio di San Lorenzo’, a thirteenth-century Byzantine textile given to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa within the framework of diplomatic relations between Genoa and the Byzantine court. The bright red samite embroidered with various coloured silk threads, as well threads in silver and gold, represents the Lives of St. Lawrence, St. Sixtus, and St. Hippolytus, accompanied by Latin inscriptions, and a depiction of Michael VIII Palaiologos visiting the cathedral of Genoa. The textile’s actual state of preservation after many years of meticulous restoration and the results of the recent analyses of the dye, the stitching technique, and the precious metal threads provides insight into  its unique materiality. Furthermore, its specific iconography, Latin paleography, and possible functions offer various points of departure for a comprehensive reconsideration of the Pallio. This work epitomizes the transcultural encounters in the Mediterranean. This interdisciplinary workshop, organized in collaboration with the textile restoration experts of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and the Museo Sant’Agostino, Genoa, is an extraordinary occasion to discuss the results of the restoration of the ‘Pallio di San Lorenzo’ before its return to Genoa.

A collaboration between the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze, the Museo di Sant’Agostino, Genova and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut


Luogo: Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Fortezza da Basso
(solo per relatori)

Saluti e introduzione
Il ruolo dell’Opificio per il restauro del Pallio di San Lorenzo
Marco Ciatti / Licia Triolo

Ispezione guidata del Pallio Genovese press o l’Opificio delle Pietre Dure, con:
Cecilia Salvatori (Storica dell’arte)
Isetta Tosini (Biologa, OPD)
Licia Triolo (Conservatrice)
Marina Zingarelli (Conservatrice)
Azelia Lombardi (Conservatrice)

Conferenza serale
(aperta al pubblico)
Luogo: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai

The Peplos Woven with Words: Manuel Holobolos’ Oration for Michael VIII Palaiologos
Ruth Macrides (Birmingham)

Luogo: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai

Saluti e introduzione
Mabi Angar / Annette Hoffmann / Adelmo Taddei / Gerhard Wolf

Moderazione: Mabi Angar

I fili del mistero. Il restauro del Pallio come strumento di conoscenza sia tecnica che storico-artistica
Cecilia Salvatori (Firenze)

A Reassessment of the Pallio di San Lorenzo and Later Byzantine Imperial Instrumentality
Cecily Hilsdale (Princeton)


Moderazione: Annette Hoffmann

Alleanze con la seta al tempo del Concilio di Lione (1274): il pallio di Michele VIII Paleologo per il Papa Gregorio X
Silvia Leggio (Roma)

L’alleanza difficile. Guerra, commercio e diplomazia tra Genova e Costantinopoli negli anni Sessanta del Duecento
Antonio Musarra (Firenze)

Silk Growth, Manufacture and Trade in Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Asia Minor and the Pallio in Genoa
David Jacoby (Gerusalemme)

Pausa pranzo

Moderazione: Ida Toth

Genoa and the Apennine Peninsula in their Mediterranean and Global Entanglements “Before European Hegemony”, 1250-1350
Vera-Simone Schulz (Firenze/Berlino)

Il pallio di Michele VIII nel contesto di destinazione: arte a Genova circa 1261
Clario Di Fabio (Genova)

Italian Merchants on the Silk Road: Genoese and Venetians across Asia in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
Luca Molà (Fiesole)


Moderazione: Andrea Paribeni

I Genovesi e il Pallio. Percezione, memoria e musealizzazione dal Medioevo al XIX secolo
Loredana Pessa (Genova)

Alcune note sul Pallio di San Lorenzo
Adelmo Taddei (Genova)

The Benaki Museum Epitaphios: Art, Materials, and Techniques of a Newly Discovered Early Palaiologan Textile
Anastasia Drandaki (Atene)

Conclusioni e prospettive
Il Pallio e il futuro della Storia dell’arte
Gerhard Wolf

Opificio delle Pietre Dure – Fortezza da Basso
Viale F. Strozzi 1, Firenze

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, Firenze

Mabi Angar

Annette Hoffmann



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Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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