Michele Bacci

Full Professor of Medieval Art, Photo © Lisa Attard, Valletta



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Medieval Art

The Materiality of the Holy and Its Perception in Space and Image

Artistic interactions in the Mediterranean

Departement Art History and Archeology

MIS 02 bu. 2023
Av. de l'Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
MIS 02, 2023


Michele Bacci (Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 1999), is Professor of Medieval Art History in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was previously research maker in the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (1999-2002) and associate professor of Iconography and Iconology in the University of Siena (2002-2011). He has been visiting scholar in the University of Tokyo, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Florence. Since 2002 he is editor of the journal Iconographica and, since 2010, he is a member of the international team dealing with the restoration of the Nativity church in Bethlehem. He is honorary member of the Christian Archaeological Society (Athens) and ordinary member of the Academia Europaea. In 2017 he was awarded the Hanno and Ilse Hahn price in the Bibliotheca Hertziana-Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Rome.

Research and publications

  • Books

    1. Il pennello dell’evangelista. Storia delle immagini sacre attribuite a san Luca, Gisem-Ets, Pisa: Gisem-ETS, 1998 (‘Piccola Biblioteca Gisem’ 14).
    2. «Pro remedio animae». Immagini sacre e pratiche devozionali in Italia centrale (secoli XIII e XIV), Pisa: Gisem-ETS, 2000 (‘Piccola Biblioteca Gisem’ 15).
    3. Investimenti per l’aldilà. Arte e raccomandazione dell’anima nel Medioevo, Bari-Roma: Laterza, 2003.
    4. Lo spazio dell’anima. Vita di una chiesa medievale, Bari-Roma: Laterza, 2005.
    5. San Nicola. Il Grande Taumaturgo, Bari-Roma: Laterza, 2009.
    6. Βένετο-βυζαντινές αλληλεπιδράσεις στη ζωγραφική των εικόνων (1280-1450), Athens: Akademia Athinon, 2021
    7. The Many Faces of Christ. Portraying the Holy in the East and the West from 300 to 1300, London: Reaktion Books, 2014.
    8. The Mystic Cave. A History of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, Brno-Rome: Masaryk University Press-Viella, 2017.

  • Full publication list (Academia Europaea)