Seminar: ‘Configuring the Monastic Space: Early Medieval Experiments’, University of Milan and Online, 21st April – 3rd May 2022

The planimetric and functional standardization of monastic architectural settings is an achievement of the Romanesque period. During the early Middle Ages, monastic settlements were shaped through the progressive aggregation of spaces; pre-existencing structures and different levels of resources or skills often affected constructions. This approach led to a diversity of forms, sizes, site plans, and functions, though the latter also reflected differing liturgical customs. The workshop will explore this architectural experimentation, seeking to identify, and to contextualize, similarities, differences, and trends.


Seminars will be held both at the University of Milan and in streaming (link available here: )

21.04.2022 – 10.30-12.00: Federico Marazzi (Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa), Indipendenza e interdipendenza: l’insediamento monastico tra desiderio di separatezza e necessità di connessione con il mondo.

26.04.2022 – 12.30-14.00: Stella Ferrari (Università degli Studi di Milano), Esperimenti urbani: insediamenti e spazi nei monasteri femminili.

28.04.2022 – 10.30-12.00: Fabio Scirea (Università degli Studi di Milano), Gli spazi monastici dell’insediamento di Torba, presso Castelseprio

03.05.2022 – 12.30-14.00, aula K 31: Eleonora Destefanis (Università del Piemonte orientale), Monasteri altomedievali del Piemonte: strutture materiali e organizzazione degli spazi.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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