The "Amalfi" - "Salerno" Ivories and the Medieval Mediterranean. A notebook from the workshop held in Amalfi, 10-13 december 2009. Amalfi 2011, pp. 128, ill.
During the second half of the twentieth century, the field of medieval art-history was mainly dominated by the concept that Byzantium had been the leading production-center in the Mediterranean, offering "superior exempla", understood largely in terms of strong ties to the classical past. Although some attention was paid to individual monuments in areas other than the Byzantine capital of Constantinople, the role of Southern Italy, among other centers, was not sufficiently recognized. A detailed, multifaceted, interdisciplinary analysis of the extraordinary eleventh-twelfth century, the 'Salerno ivories', the largest ivory ensemble preserved from the Middle Ages, (mostly Salerno, Museo Diocesano), still needs to be accomplished.
This booklet offers notes collated on the occasion of the workshop "Gli avori 'amalfitani'/'salernitani' e l'arte nel mediterraneo medievale," held at the Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana in Amalfi on December 10-13, 2009. The workshop represented the first step in the scientific project entitled "Mediterranean Cross-Currents: The So-called 'Salerno ivories' as Examples of Artistic Interaction in the Middle Ages" (http://www.khi.fi.it/forschung/projekte/projekte/projekt110/index.html), aimed at involving a large number of well-established, as well as younger scholars.
The majority of the papers are still 'works-in-progress'; therefore, the scientific committee - Gudrun Bühl, Anthony Cutler, Francesca Dell'Acqua, Herbert L. Kessler, Avinoam Shalem, Gerhard Wolf - decided not to ask for the submission of 'polished' texts, but rather of abstracts or short papers, that inevitably differ from one another in structure and length. The discussion that eventually followed the papers has been recorded and transcribed.