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Hard Stone - Roman Prorphyry in Medieval Sicily

The Project
During the 11-13th c. the Norman kings of Sicily made extensive use of Roman porphyry spolia as part of their project to construct a politically eloquent art for the new kingdom. The most spectacular are the 5 porphyry sarcophagi of the Norman rulers in Palermo and Monreale. The sarcophagi are at the centre of Dr Elise Morero's (Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East - University of Oxford) work, focussing on the chemical characterisation of the stones and analysis of the carving techniques, to reconstruct their history and establish a plan for their future restoration. 

Funded by: the John Fell Fund (Oxford), Gerda Henkel Foundation

Location

Sicily

Project management
Dr Elise Morero

Producer
Peter Prestel

Camera 
Resa Asarschahab

Editing
Resa Asarschahab

Series created by 
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
Reusing imperial stone
Episode 1
10/16/2019
Analysis of the sarcophagi
Episode 2
10/23/2019
Stupor Mundi
Episode 3
10/30/2019
The General Interview with Dr Elise Morero
Episode 4
11/06/2019

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