International Romanesque Congress
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The Museu Nacional is hosting the second edition of the Incontri Mediterranei (Mediterranean Encounters), whose first edition was held in Rome in 2019. This is an ambitious international congress on medieval art that was born from the close collaboration between the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Sapienza Università di Roma and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the aim of promoting the study and characterization of the artistic phenomena of the medieval Mediterranean, the circulation of repertoires and artists, and the rich exchange processes that distinguish them.

At this meeting, the discussion will focus, firstly, on the problem of how thematic distribution and the perception of space worked in a painted church, from the 4th to the 13th centuries, throughout the Mediterranean (Holy Land, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, France and the Iberian Peninsula), and, secondly, on what strategies have been developed by museums and the original sites to help the viewer to reconstruct this experience.

The participants will include speakers from museum and heritage institutions (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia and Monuments historiques of France) and universities (Cleveland, Athens, Aix-en-Provence, Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Urbino, Verona, Catania, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

In 2023, the museum started a series of projects of different dimensions and formats related to the Romanesque art collection that will continue until 2025 due to the complexity and special characteristics of its unique works. This congress is one of the four projects to be held in 2023, which will touch on issues of heritage, conserving the collection, new spaces and additions, with two projects in the Àneu Valley and Boí Valley. All are marked in the context of the 100-year anniversary of the rediscovery, removal and museum exhibition of Romanesque mural paintings, the formation of the main core of the current collection of Romanesque art and the museum itself. For further information, visit the website:

Meet the scientific committee

Jordi Camps

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Manuel Castiñeiras

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Anna M. d'Achille

Sapienza Università di Roma

Antonio Iacobini

Sapienza Università di Roma

Marina Righetti

Sapienza Università di Roma

Organized by

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Sapienza Università di Roma and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Grup Recerca Consolidat Magistri Cataloniae 2017-231).


Romanesque center of La Vall de Boí