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Maria Harvey

Maria Harvey

PhD Candidate, "Santa Caterina at Galatina: Late Medieval Art in Salento at the frontier of the Latin and Orthodox Worlds".

British School at Rome, Rome Awardee 2015-2016


Biography:

Maria Harvey has a BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge and an MA (with distinction) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, with a specialisation in the Christian and Islamic Medieval Mediterranean. She is currently in the fourth year of her PhD at Cambridge, with a thesis on “Santa Caterina at Galatina: Late Medieval Art in Salento at the frontier of the Latin and Orthodox Worlds”. In 2015, she was awarded the Rome Award by the British School at Rome. Her research interests focus on Southern Italy as a locus of cultural contact, exploring the relationship between the Franco-Italian Angevin aristocrats and the local Greek- and Latin-rite population. In addition to issues of transculturation, gender is also relevant to her research, with patterns of female patronage in need of being recognised and normalised. More generally, Maria is fascinated by the production of cultural identities, especially in terms of the (re)interpretation of the (medieval) past in modern national identities. The construction of southern Italian identity vis-à-vis that of the North is of particular relevance to her. 

Co-organiser of the Cambridge Medieval Art Research Seminar 2017-2018. 

Research Interests

Medieval Southern Italy; the Medieval Mediterranean; female patronage; reception of art and architecture; transcultural dynamics and cross-cultural movement of objects; re-interpretrations of the past; production of cultural identities; the 'Questione Meridionale' and questions of Italian national identity.