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Flavia Vanni

“Byzantine Stucco Decoration: Cultural and Economic Implications across the Mediterranean World, 850–1453”

Flavia Vanni

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, Byzantine Studies Junior Fellow

Vanni’s research explores stucco decoration in Byzantine buildings between 850 and 1453. Stucco decorations are mainly known for the early Byzantine period (for example, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Eufrasian basilica in Poreč, churches in Ravenna, and evidence from Cyprus). Yet, there is enough evidence to establish continuity in the use of this material in the subsequent middle and late Byzantine periods, even though with substantial changes in iconography. Vanni’s project brings this evidence together and analyzes it in terms of artisans and workshop practices, iconography, patronage, Byzantine perception of stucco, and middle and late Byzantine stucco practices within the Mediterranean context. Another line of inquiry is the study of the perception of stucco in Byzantine buildings by restorers of the 1950s and 1960s.

Flavia Vanni is a PhD candidate in Byzantine studies at the University of Birmingham. She received her BA and MA in art history, with a focus on Byzantine and medieval art, from the Università La Sapienza di Roma. As a member of the “At the Crossroads of Empires” project, Vanni studies the painted decoration of the church of Sant’Ambrogio in Montecorvino Rovella.