Gabriella Cirucci

Gabriella Cirucci

Marie Curie-stipendiat

My main research interests are in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, with a particular focus on marble sculpture and its afterlife, both in antiquity and in the post-antique period.

My doctoral thesis dealt with the reuse of Greek artworks of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.E. in Roman times. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Scuola Normale (2013-2017) I contributed to the project Beyond Pliny directed by Gianfranco Adornato by carrying out the project Nobilia opera? Displaying reused Greek sculpture in Roman contexts: a case study towards a history of restoration in Classical Antiquity. My recent research on the afterlife of Greek sculpture in Roman times was also funded under the NWO funded VICI project Innovating Objects. The impact of global connections and the formation of the Roman Empire (ca. 200-30 BC), directed by Miguel John Versluys at the University of Leiden.

During my doctoral and postdoctoral periods, I also developed a strong interest in the History of collecting antiquities from the 15th to the 18th centuries and in Digital Humanities. I coordinated the project Aedes Barberinae (2007-2012), directed by Lucia Faedo at the University of Pisa and contributed to the projects Le voci del marmo (2012) and Monumenta rariora (2001-2007), directed by Salvatore Settis at the Scuola Normale.

Primære forskningsområder

  • Classical Art and Archaeology: Greek and Roman sculpture, portraits and funerary monuments; sculptural decoration of Roman houses, horti and villae; iconography; representation of gender and age in Hellenistic and Roman art; reuse of Greek artworks in Roman contexts; restoration of marble sculpture in the ancient world.
  • History of Collections: collections of antiquities from the 15th to the 20th centuries; antiquarian treatises from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
  • Studies in marble provenance.
  • Digital Humanities: databases; xml encoding standard TEI P5; multimedia collections.

Aktuel forskning

REFRAME. Greek Funerary and Votive Reliefs Reused for Display in the Ancient Mediterranean. A Long-term, Interdisciplinary, and Cross-cultural Approach

The REFRAME Project focuses on marble reliefs sculpted in Greece from the 6th to the 2nd centuries BCE that after exhausting their original function as gravestones in cemeteries, or as votive gifts in sanctuaries were reused and put on display in a new context. Its main goal is to reframe the current understanding of reused funerary and votive reliefs from a comparative, long-term, and cross-cultural perspective, drawing - and bearing - on different disciplines and fields of studies.

Main objectives:

  1. To establish a new theoretical and methodological model for addressing the reuse for display of Greek funerary and votive reliefs in Antiquity
  2. To provide new and in depth knowledge of the Greek and Roman attitudes toward and interest in antique artefacts, disclosing new opportunities for comparative research in other historical periods and cultural areas
  3. To develop a new museum communication strategy in order to bring knowledge to the public of the itineraries of Greek funerary and votive reliefs over time, bridging ancient and contemporary interest for antique artefacts

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