Courses a.y. 2024/2025

Biographical note

I am Assistant Professor in the History of Art at Bocconi, and Research Fellow of the British School at Rome. My main research and teaching expertise lies in the areas of Medieval and Byzantine art, with particular focus on the arts of Venice and its empire, and on issues of artistic interaction across the Mediterranean.


I hold a degree in cultural management from Bocconi, and an MA and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Prior to joining the faculty at Bocconi, I held the positions of Research Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut; Lecturer in the History of Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art; and Assistant Director at The British School at Rome.

My scholarship has received recognition from a number of institutions, including, most recently: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (2016); The Leibniz WissenschaftsCampus, Mainz/Frankfurt (2019); the KHI - Florenz (2020-21); the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris (2021).

Research interests

My recent and current work focuses on the following areas:

  • The nexus between arts and politics in the medieval Mediterranean, with specific focus on artistic interactions, political conflict, and public memory. My forthcoming monograph, Facing Crisis? Art as Politics in Fourteenth-Century Venice (Dumbarton Oaks-Harvard University Press, 2024), explores these issues through analysis of the artistic renewal of the basilica of San Marco during the dogeship of Andrea Dandolo (1343-54), at a time of profound institutional transformation.
  • Conceptualizations and artistic applications of light and transparency, with a particular focus on the use and meaning of rock crystal in the religious and secular cultures of medieval Europe.
  • Medieval materiality and performativity. The agency of medieval artifacts, the semantic affordances of different artistic media, and the interplay between materiality and immateriality are central to the project Hidden in Plain Sight: the Metalwork Altarpieces of Medieval Venetia (MUR-PRIN 2022) which I lead as principal investigator. This project also engages with current debates in digital heritage, by exploring the relative potential of traditional and digital techniques of visualization for the documentation of historical artifacts and the reconstruction of their original functioning.

Selected Publications

Gerevini, Stefania
Dynamic splendor: the metalwork altarpieces of medieval Venetia

Stefania Gerevini
Art as politics in the Baptistery and Chapel of Sant’Isidoro at San Marco, Venice
DUMBARTON OAKS PAPERS, Vol. 74, pp. 243-268, 2020

Stefania Gerevini
The Bern Diptych: Venetian rock crystal between craft, trade and aesthetics.
Seeking transparency. Rock crystals across the Medieval Mediterranean, Gebr. Mann Verlag, pp. 183-195, 2020

Stefania Gerevini
Rock crystal in the medieval west: an essay on techniques and workshops
Seeking transparency. Rock crystals across the Medieval Mediterranean, Gebr. Mann Verlag, pp. 89-100, 2020

Gerevini, Stefania
Inscribing history, (over)writing politics: word and image in the chapel of Sant’Isidoro at San Marco, Venice
Sacred scripture/sacred space : the interlacing of real places and conceptual spaces in medieval art and architecture, De Gruyter, pp. 323–349, 2019

Stefania Gerevini
Invisible, in full view: the Byzantine reliquaries of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena
Visibilité et présence de l'image dans l'espace ecclésial : Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental, Editions de la Sorbonne, pp. 195–229, 2019

Gerevini, Stefania
Written in stone: civic memory and monumental writing in the cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa
Viewing Inscriptions in the late antique and medieval world, Cambridge University Press, pp. 205–229, 2015

Gerevini, Stefania
"Sicut crystallus quando est obiecta soli": rock crystal, transparency and the Franciscan Order.

Gerevini, Stefania
The Grotto of the Virgin in San Marco: Artistic Reuse and Cultural Identity in Medieval Venice
GESTA, Vol. 53/2, pp. 197–220, 2014

Gerevini, Stefania
“Christus crystallus”: rock crystal, theology and materiality in the medieval West.
Matter of faith : an interdisciplinary study of relics and relic veneration in the medieval period, British Museum Press, pp. 92–99, 2014