Antonino Tranchina, Ph.D.

Antonino Tranchina, Ph.D.

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent

Main Focus

  • Greek-speaking Southern Italy
  • Medieval Sacred Architecture
  • Liturgy as long-lasting Cultural Expression

Research Project

Architettura sacra nello Stretto di Messina: il monachesimo greco e il patrocinio normanno

Publications (Selection)

  • "L'ignumeno Theostíriktos e il franco Girardo ai Ss. Pietro e Paolo di Agrò", Arte medievale, IV s. 6 (2016), pp. 61–68.
  • "The Depiction of Lingua Phari and the Church of Holy Savior in the Brukenthal Collection's Crucifixion by Antonello da Messina", Brukenthal Acta Mvsei, XI.2 (2016), pp. 189–201.
  • "The Recovery of 'Greek' Images during the Catholic Reformation: the Madonna Greca in Ravenna and the Madonna dello Spasimo in Messina", in Re-thinking, re-making, re-living Christian Origins, a cura di I. Foletti, M. Gianandrea, S. Romano e E. Scirocco, Roma 2018, pp. 57–74.
  • "Revealing the Emir's God. The Arabic Inscription of the Dome of La Martorana (Palermo)", in Convivium, 5.1 (2018) [= The Italian South. Transcultural Perspectives, a cura di E. Scirocco e G. Wolf], pp. 50–64.
  • "La chiesa di San Giovanni a mare in Gaeta: osservazioni sullo svolgimento della vicenda edilizia", in Gaeta medievale e la sua cattedrale, a cura di M. D'Onofrio e M. Gianandrea, Roma 2018, pp. 159–170.

Curriculum Vitae

Antonino Tranchina holds a M.A. in Visual Arts and a B.A. in Literary Studies, obtained at the University of Bologna and Palermo respectively. He earned his PhD in Art History at Sapienza Università di Roma in 2015, with a thesis that studies the lost monastery of the Holy Savior in Messina through the surviving artistic evidence and sources, in the broader frame of South-Italian artistic cultures of the High Middle Ages between Western Europe and the Mediterranean area. He has been a Postdoc Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, with a project on monastic architecture in coastal environments, especially the medieval harbors of Campania. His interests encompass the decoration and sculptural furnishing of Christian sacred architecture in connection to liturgical and devotional practice. In particular, he has analyzed the use of inscriptions within figurative decoration as well as the relaunch of so-called 'Greek' medieval sacred images during the Catholic Reformation. Since 2019 he is scientific assistant of Director Tanja Michalsky.

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