0243 Il volto di Bologna. Immagini, tradizioni e luoghi di una nazione a Roma

  • Giulia Iseppi (Author)

    Giulia Iseppi is a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Art History. From 2015 to 2017 she was a pre-doctoral fellow in the international research group "Roma communis patria" at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte. Her research interests include Bolognese art history and collecting and the artistic relations between Bologna and Rome in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Guido Reni and his workshop.

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This paper aims to define the role of the Bolognese 'nation' in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Rome. The church of Saints John the Evangelist and Petronius, built in 1576 under the Bolognese Pope Gregory XIII, represents the first instance of this congregation's architectural presence in the Eternal City. The community began defining its unique character through a specific figurative language, stimulated by the need to express its own spirituality and local culture as well as to celebrate the role played by a number of famous Bolognese citizens within the congregation and in the Roman Curia. A detailed analysis of the decorative and liturgical programme of this church, as well as archival research in various Bolognese and Roman institutions shed light on the religious, social and artistic practices through which this 'nation' aimed to express its identity.


Santi Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio in Rome, Gregory XIII, Gabriele Paleotti, Giovan Battista Agucchi, Nationhood, National Identity