0222 From Living to Visual Images. Paradigms of Corporeal Iconicity in Late Antiquity


  • Michele Bacci (Author)

    Michele Bacci (Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 1999), is professor of Medieval Art History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Before, he was a researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (1999–2002) and associate professor of Iconography and Iconology at the University of Siena (2002–2011). As a visiting scholar he conducted research at the University of Tokyo, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut – Max-Planck-Institut in Florence. Since 2002 he has been a co-editor of Iconographica. Journal of Medieval and Modern Iconography of the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, and, since 2010, he has been a member of the international team engaged in the restoration of the Nativity church in Bethlehem. He is an honorary member of the Christian Archaeological Society (Athens) and an ordinary member of the Academia Europaea. In 2017 he was awarded the Hanno and Ilse Hahn prize of the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome.

  • Vladimir Ivanovici (Author)

    Vladimir Ivanovici is a lecturer at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio and a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno. He studied ancient history and archaeology (BA, MA, PhD), before obtaining a PhD in art history from the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome and a summer fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Research Center in Washington, DC. He is the author of Manipulating Theophany: Light and Ritual in North Adriatic Architecture (ca. 400–ca. 800), Berlin 2016 and of a number of articles. His research explores the various manners used to materialise the divine in Late Antiquity, with a focus on the living body as theophanic medium.

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By exploring the various traditions of iconic living present in the Roman world in the period preceding the affirmation of the icon, the contributions in this thematic issue recreate part of the context in which the concept of icon was formed, and invite readers to add a new perspective on the phenomenon: that of surrogate for the living iconic body.


Iconic body, Iconic living, Icon, Late Antiquity