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Title :

A carved ivory head of San Vincenzo al Volturno

Author :
MITCHELL, John ;
Publication year :
1992
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
A small ivory head of a tonsured man, expertly carved in relief, was found in 1991 during excavations at the great 8th-11th c. Lombard monastery at S. Vincenzo al Volturno. The head was excavated with other fragments of carved ivory, antler and bone, in the vicinity of the collective workshop of the monastery, and was doubtless carved in this workshop. The head-type is a variant on an early Byzantine formula which was employed in Rome by the 6th c. and subsequently, in the 8th c., was adopted by artists working for noble Lombard patrons in northern Italy. The painters responsible for decorating the churches and claustral buildings of S. Vincenzo in the first half of the 9th c. also used this type, and in details of its carving the new ivory head seems to show the direct influence of painted heads of early 9th-c. date from the walls of the monastery. The relief was probably intended for the embellishment of a small casket or the cover of a book. The new head, besides being a significant addition to the tiny corpus of surviving carvings in ivory from early medieval Italy, shows the craftsmen in the monastery's workshop had at their disposal a material which was both rare and prestigious in the period. ;
Pagination/Size :
pl. 1-4; 15 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Iconographie ; Italie ; Ivoire ; Peinture murale ; S. Vincenzo al Volturno, Abbazia di, Molise (région, ITA) ; Trouvaille ; Tête ; 800-900 ;
Descriptors :
Archaeological finds ; Heads ; Iconography ; Italy ; Ivories ; Mural painting ; S. Vincenzo al Volturno, Abbazia di, Molise (region, ITA) ; 800-900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 1992, 145
INIST identifier :
24954134 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0068-1288 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
British Archaeological Association, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;