My interest in Byzantine Art history dates back to my first year of undergraduate in Rome (‘La Sapienza Università di Roma). I was fascinated by the module on Byzantine Art and my interest in Byzantine material culture was cemented by a trip to Istanbul the same year.
My BA and later MA studies, both in Art History, were influenced by the interest in Byzantium. Besides Art History, I also undertook related modules in History, Archaeology, Conservation, Museology and Medieval Literature.
During the final year of my MA studies, I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of Byzantine inlaid sculpture. It was during this period of research that became aware of the lack of study about the stucco decorations in the Middle-Byzantine period
I addressed this topic in my MA dissertation, but realised that this research only represented the starting point of a wider field.
The following year I came to Birmingham for an MRes in Byzantine Studies which allowed me to expand my knowledge and my skills in text translations and economy. My thesis was focused on textual evidence about stucco workers and stucco artefacts.
I have augmented these skills with additional training in archival practices during an in internship at the Sovrintendenza per i Beni archeologici del Lazio (Italian Cultural Heritage Trust for archaeological findings) and at the Centro di documentazione di Storia dell’arte bizantina of the ‘La Sapienza’ Università di Roma (Centre for the documentation of Byzantine art history).
Finally, I collaborated with the Institute for Applied technologies at Cultural Heritage (ITABC) of the CNR of Rome (National Centre for Research) for the documentation of the Byzantine site at Umm al-Rasas (Jordan).