The end of October 2022 is dedicated to four bronze doors in Sicily. At the cathedral of Monreale, we will document the doors of Barisano di Trani (who also made the doors of Ravello and Trani) and Bonanno, who is responsible for the doors in Pisa. Bonanno’s door is the largest of all bronze doors … More Sicily: Palermo and Monreale
In July, we are going to Germany to document the three bronze doors in Hildesheim, Mainz and Augsburg. While the first two are massive bronze doors, the door from Augsburg was made as most of the Italian doors of bronze plates mounted to a wooden base. We will keep you updated how things proceed!
Beginning of June we have been in Troia to document the two doors of Oderisius di Benevento. While the smaller side door is in the tradition of byzantine doors, the main door of the cathedral is something unique and almost fantasy-like with dragons and dragon heads. Truly fascinating, especially from a technological point of view! … More Benevento, Troia e Sepino
This month’s research trip lead us to another one of Barisano’s doors in Trani. To protect the original door, a copy was placed on the outside of the cathedral so we could quietly work on the original inside the cathedral, while outside the festivities of the Croce di Colonna with lots of fire works were … More Puglia: Trani, Canosa and Monte Sant’Angelo
The last two weeks of March 2022 were dedicated to the documentation of the four bronze doors of the Amalfi coast: Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello and Salerno. While the door from Ravello was made by Barisano di Trani, the other three derive are of byzantine origin. Unfortunately, none of the doors still has the original wooden … More Amalfi coast
End of February, we documented the doors from San Zeno (Verona) and the Cathedral of Pisa. The doors are dated to 1100-38/late 12th cent. (Verona) and 1180 (Pisa). While none of the artists involved at Verona is known, we know that Bonanno is responsible for the doors of Pisa – as for the main door … More Verona and Pisa
End of January 2022, we managed to document and study in detail our first doors – the two bronze doors from San Marco, Venice: the main door and the door to its right, the one called “San Clemente”. Thanks to the help from Ca’Foscari, we even managed to carry out thermoanalyses. The chemical composition of … More Venice: the first two doors were documented
Finally, our project started with January 1st, 2022. We are currently preparing for our first trip to Venice for the documentation of the two doors of St. Marc’s Basilica. We will study St. Clement’s door and the main door of the basilica, hoping that Omikron won’t create us troubles and we’ll be able to photograph … More Our project finally started!
After a long year of proposal writing, obtaining permissions for documentation and analyses, and a pandemic, we finally received the fantastic news from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) that our project was evaluated excellent and will receive funding (project no. P 34477-G). The official start of the project will be January 1, 2022. Until then, … More We received funding