Prof. Dr. Sible De Blaauw

Richard Krautheimer Visiting Professor

Blaauw(at)biblhertz.it+39 0669 993-259

Sible De Blaauw studied Medieval History at Groningen University and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden in 1987 with a study on architecture and liturgy in the Early Christian basilicas in Rome. From 1994 until 2001 he was vice director of the Reale Istituto Olandese in Rome and responsible for research and teaching in the History of Art. From 2002 until 2016, he took the chair of Early Christian Art and Architecture at the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research focuses on the interaction between architecture and liturgy, on the city of Rome as historical palimpsest and on the survival, memory and reception history of Early Christian monuments.
Sible de Blaauw was the editor of the double volume Storia dell'architettura italiana: Da Costantino a Carlo Magno (Milano - Electa 2010). He is permanent co-editor of the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum and member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz. He was (together with Eric Moormann) the curator of the exhibition: Rome, The Dream of the Emperor Constantine (with loans from Roman and Vatican museums), De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, October 2015 – February 2016. In the Netherlands, he is active in religious heritage organisations.

Fields of Study

- The city of Rome as historical palimpsest
- The biography of church buildings and the interaction of architecture and liturgy
- Reception and memory of Early Christian monuments

Publications (OPAC research)

Publications (selection)

- Cultus et decor. Liturgia e architettura nella Roma tardoantica e medievale: Basilica Salvatoris, Sanctae Mariae, Sancti Petri, Vatikanstadt 1994 (Studi e testi della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana 355-356).
- Gemeinsam mit Eric Moormann, Rome: de droom van keizer Constantijn. Kunstschatten uit de Eeuwige Stad. (Ausstellungskatalog Amsterdam), Amsterdam 2015.
- Hg., Storia dell'architettura italiana: Da Costantino a Carlo Magno, Mailand 2010.
- “Kultgebäude“, in Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, Bd. 22, Stuttgart 2008, S. 227–393.
- „Die Gräber der frühen Päpste“, in Die Päpste: Amt und Herrschaft in Antike, Mittelalter und Renaissance, hg. v. Bernd Schneidmüller u.a, Mannheim 2016 (Die Päpste 1), S. 77–99.
-„A Classic Question: The Origins of the Church Basilica and Liturgy”, in Costantino e i costantinidi. L’innovazione costantiniana, le sue radici e i suoi sviluppi (Tagungsband, Rom 2015), hg. v. Olof Brandt, Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai u Gabriele Castiglia, 2 Bde., Vatikanstadt 2016 (Studi di antichità cristiana 66), Bd. 1, S. 553-562.
- “In the Mirror of Christian Antiquity: Early Papal Identification Portraits in Sant Maria Maggiore”, in Example or Alter Ego? Aspects of the Portrait Historié in Western Art from Antiquity to the Present, hg.v. Volker Manuth, Rudie. van Leeuwen u. Jos Koldeweij, Turnhout 2016, S. 107–128.
- “Urban Liturgy: The Conclusive Christianization of Rome”, in Ritualizing the City: Collective Performances as Aspects of Urban Construction from Constantine to Mao, hg. v. Ivan Foletti u. Adrien Palladino, Rom 2017 (I libri di Viella. Arte / Studia Artium Medievalium Brunensia 6), S. 15-28.
- „Karl der Große und das frühchristliche Rom“, in Karl der Große: Wissenschaft und Kunst als Herausforderung. Beiträge des Kolloquiums vom 26. Februar 2014 in der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, hg. v. Johannes Fried, Mainz u.a. 2018 (Abhandlungen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Klasse (AM-GS) 2018.1), S. 137-153.
- „The Paradise of Saint Peter’s”, in Sacred Thresholds: The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity, hg. v. Emilie M. van Opstall, Leiden u.a 2018 (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 185), S. 160–186.