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A place of pilgrimage: A proposal for the orginal location of the Arca of Saint Cerbone

Norman, Diana (2001). A place of pilgrimage: A proposal for the orginal location of the Arca of Saint Cerbone. Papers of the British School at Rome, 69 pp. 191–221.

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This article addresses the history of the early fourteenth-century reliquary tomb, sculpted by the Sienese sculptor Goro di Gregorio and containing the relics of the Early Christian Saint Cerbone, patron saint of Massa Marittima in southern Tuscany. On the basis of surviving textual and visual evidence both of the tomb itself and the building in which it is presently situated, the article further proposes that the original location for the venerated shrine was in the left hand aisle of the cathedral of Massa Marittima. The article then demonstrates how such a situation would have complemented the design and sculpted programme of the tomb and enabled the Arca of Saint Cerbone to function as a powerful devotional site both for the citizens of Massa Marittima and visiting pilgrims on their way to Rome.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 0068-2462
Keywords: Saint Cerbone; city of Massa Marittima; Goro di Gregorio; late medieval Sienese sculpture; late medieval reliquary tombs
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 3088
Depositing User: Diana Norman
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:48
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