Venezia Arti
27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

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27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

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Venezia Arti | 27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

Armenian Art and Culture from the Pages of the Historia Imperii Mediterranei

Stefano Riccioni
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
stefano.riccioni@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/007

Abstract

The article studies the editorial series called “Historia Imperii Mediterranei” (HIM) that was directed by Lauro Mainardi, an official of the National Fascist Party, in cooperation with the Armenian Committee of Italy. Between 1939 and 1941, the HIM published a series of booklets entitled Armenia that contained not only articles on Armenia but also “essays on Oriental culture”. According to Mainardi, the HIM had a wide cultural interest in art and architecture but also in literature, poetry, philosophy, and politics. The series published two significant essays: the article by Josef Strzygowski, where he innovatively affirmed the role of the East in Christian art and where he employed “Aryan” racial theory; and Giuseppe Frasson’s article, which shows that Strzygowski was recognised as an innovator but, at the same time, that Byzantine studies in Italy were confined to the nationalistic purpose of affirming ‘Italian’ elements in Roman art. In conclusion, the HIM illustrates the political and cultural strategy of the Fascist party with respect to the Caucasian question in addition to its support of the strategy of the Armenian Committee of Italy for protecting Armenians in Italy before the Second World War.

Keywords
Historia Imperii Mediterranei (HIM). Armenian architecture. Armenian art. Armenian culture. Italian Fascist culture. Italian artistic historiography. Lauro Mainardi. Josef Strzygowski. Giuseppe Frasson.

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Riccioni Stefano

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Armenian Art and Culture from the Pages of the Historia Imperii Mediterranei

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/007

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The article studies the editorial series called “Historia Imperii Mediterranei” (HIM) that was directed by Lauro Mainardi, an official of the National Fascist Party, in cooperation with the Armenian Committee of Italy. Between 1939 and 1941, the HIM published a series of booklets entitled Armenia that contained not only articles on Armenia but also “essays on Oriental culture”. According to Mainardi, the HIM had a wide cultural interest in art and architecture but also in literature, poetry, philosophy, and politics. The series published two significant essays: the article by Josef Strzygowski, where he innovatively affirmed the role of the East in Christian art and where he employed “Aryan” racial theory; and Giuseppe Frasson’s article, which shows that Strzygowski was recognised as an innovator but, at the same time, that Byzantine studies in Italy were confined to the nationalistic purpose of affirming ‘Italian’ elements in Roman art. In conclusion, the HIM illustrates the political and cultural strategy of the Fascist party with respect to the Caucasian question in addition to its support of the strategy of the Armenian Committee of Italy for protecting Armenians in Italy before the Second World War.

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Venezia Arti

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Vol. 27 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-13

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2018-11-22

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None

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0394-4298

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2385-2720

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Historia Imperii Mediterranei (HIM)

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Armenian architecture

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Armenian art

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Armenian culture

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Italian Fascist culture

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Italian artistic historiography

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Lauro Mainardi

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Josef Strzygowski

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Giuseppe Frasson

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