Sugli smalti cloisonnés della stauroteca di Asti e sui loro contesti: aggiunte all'arte coloniale del XII secolo e alla sua circolazione

Author: Giampaolo Distefano

The cloisonnés enamels of the Asti reliquary Cross and their contexts: additional notes on the 12th century Colonial Art and its circulation

Some unpublished documents help elucidate the composition of the Treasury of the Cathedral of Asti during the Middle Ages. This is a relevant study case concerning the circulation of technically diverse precious objects from different cultural backgrounds. The Treasury was enriched under the Patronage of some bishops following the directives of some of the most important artistic centers in the 14th century as Avignon. At the end of the 18th century, the goldsmith G.B. Groppa placed in the terminals of a baroque reliquary Cross four cloisonnés medallions deriving from a disassembled medieval Cross from the Treasury, still marginally know in the studies dedicated to medieval enamels. According to their technical characters and style, these enamels representing the Christ, Saint John the Evangelist, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Matthew are claimed to belong to the area of Southern Italy during the Norman-Swabian domination. Possible scenarios concerning the distribution of the artifacts and the location of the ateliers are discussed.