0240 Il caso di Sant'Atanasio dei greci a Roma tra universalismo riformato e liturgia greca

  • Camilla S. Fiore (Author)

    Camilla S. Fiore is Research Assistant in History of Modern Art at the University of Molise in Campobasso and has previously collaborated with the Vatican Museums’ Department of XVII–XVIII Century Art on a research project investigating the display of art in Apostolic Palaces in the 17th and 18th centuries (2014–2019). She received her PhD from the Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interests include landscape painting in the Early Modern period, the connection between Athanasius Kircher’s work and the figurative arts of the 17th century, and Early Modern notions of nationhood and their visualization in the arts.

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The essay traces the circumstances of the construction of S. Atanasio, the church of the Greeks in Rome, which was built at the behest of pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni by the architect Giacomo della Porta. Although founded with the intention of representing the universalist policies of Gregory XIII, S. Atanasio assumed its definitive identity often in contrast to the wishes of its cardinal protectors and of the pontiff himself. The singular architectural design and the interior decoration are reinterpreted here in light of new documents in which Greek-Byzantine liturgy and culture are essential reference points for the community that formed in the Greek college and for the solutions adopted in an attempt to reconcile the Greek and Latin rites.


Sant'Atanasio in Rome, Gregory XIII, Giulio Antonio Santori, Collegio Greco, Greek rites, Latin rites, national identity, Giacomo della Porta, Gaspare Viviani, Girolamo Muziano