Churches of Rome: Jewels of the Middle Ages with Cecilia Martini

Churches of Rome: Jewels of the Middle Ages with Cecilia Martini


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The medieval churches of Rome are probably the richest and most important hidden gems of the city. From the Forum to Trastevere, in the shadow of more impressive and famous buildings, they are everywhere. Rome's oldest churches have been decorated with shining mosaics and precious marble, overwhelmed with Art, embraced by the silence of devotion. Together we will explore as many of these jewels as time allows – starting from the church of St. Maria Antiqua and its palimpsest wall.

Then we will move ideally up and down the hills and across the city to discover some of these treasures: the Church-fortress of SS Quattro Coronati, the Church of St. Giorgio al Velabro, the Church of St. Maria in Cosmedin with the Mouth of the Truth, the Churches of St. Prassede and St. Maria in Trastevere with their stunning mosaics. And then our conversation will conclude with the Church of St. Cecilia with its “secret” frescoes.

Led by an expert Art Historian and a native Roman, Cecilia Martini, we will take a deep dive into this less known, but no less important, period of Roman Art History. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of Medieval Art and of Rome Medieval History – discovering how Art patronage, Faith, and Politics have evolved over time. 

This seminar has been designed as part of an extended series, each spotlighting a unique church in Rome. For additional details, please click here.

Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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