The Book of the Confraternity of Santa Maria dell’Anima is one of the most important documents of the Teutonic College of the Soul in Piazza Navona. It contains the names of the members of this fraternity from the beginnings in 1448/49 up to the present day. Pia Mecklenfeld of Osnabrück, who gave a conference on the Soul in 2014/15 at the Rome Seminar at the Angelicum and addressed the topic, received her doctorate in 2018 at the University of Osnabrück (Prof. Dr. Thomas Vogtherr ). The basic study will be published as the 66th volume of the Supplements of the Römische Quartalschrift on 12 October (416 pages, approx. 65, -).
St. Peter’s Basilica has recovered another work of art: a wooden crucifix (2.15 m.), Whose original, extremely naturalistic treatment and coloring, was hidden for many centuries under various superimposed paintings. The cross was restored in 2015-2016 and is now hanging on the left wall of the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament (accessible at least to the faithful). It dates back to the first half of the 14th century, by an unknown artist, and is therefore one of the most important large crosses of all.
Judith Schepers with her Streitbare Brüder studio. Ein parallelbiographischer Zugriff auf Modernismuskontroverse und Antimodernisteneid am Beispiel von Franz und Konstantin Wieland (Schöningh, 2016) has published a fascinating book on two brother priests from the diocese of Augsburg, both started with high hopes but then entered into conflict with ecclesiastical authority due to of their scientific publications. What happened? After his chaplaincy in Schrobenhausen, Franz Wieland went to the Teutonic Campo Santo to obtain his doctorate (1897-1900).
For the first time an independent Italian monograph on Campo Santo Teutonico (“Il Camposanto Teutonico”) was published by the great Pagine publishing house. The authors are Marco R. Bettoni Pojaghi and Cristina Cumbo. In a certain sense, the volume approaches this place from the outside, from an Italian point of view, little known by the Italian public. Bettoni Pojaghi is the head of the Bettoni Pojaghi Study Center in Rome, which manages an Italian-German library – Biblioteca Italo-Tedesca in Villa Torlonia. Cristina Cumbo studied at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology.
As a rule, contemporaries turn up their noses when they hear about the cathedral chapter and consider it a superfluous institution. The exceptional importance of cathedrals for pastoral care in episcopal cities is greatly underestimated. It is a modern prejudice that only pastors or religious are pastors, because for centuries the canons have been the backbone of the Church’s pastoral, education and culture and have invested heavily in these areas. In the times of closure of today’s parishes it should be remembered once again. For this reason, the publication of a book on the Cathedral Chapter of Trier in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (2018) is extremely welcome.
Prof. Massimiliano Ghilardi (National Institute of Roman Studies), passionate explorer of the Baroque cult of the martyr, presents a sensational discovery in his study entitled “The Saint with two left feet” (LuoghInterior 2019): The technically and anatomically perfect reconstruction of martyrs from their bones with a completely new method, ceroplasty does not go back to von Hagens, but to the Tuscan surgeon Antonio Magnani.
Art and architecture historian Fabian Pius Huber has published his richly illustrated history of the Theatinerkirche at the Kunstverlag Josef Fink: Mut zu prächtigen Dingen. Die Theatinerkirche in München. This building – originally the court church of the Wittelsbach family – is one of the most important churches in Munich and was decisive for Baroque architecture north of the Alps. Thus the Teatinerkirche is an excellent example of the central importance of Rome and of Roman reform theology in German Catholic lands in modern times. Huber evaluates the sources comprehensively and thus provides an exhaustive and extremely competent overall presentation, which provides extensive information on the history of culture.
In May the 3/4 issue of vintage 113 (2018) of the Römische Quartalschrift will be released with the following contributions:
What is a Sanpietrino? A “small” worker in the dry vineyard of the Vatican, a supplier of services by hand, a packer, a furniture transporter, a repairer of things, a craftsman for this and that and for everything. Massimo Bonanni, who has recently recreated, so to speak, the antique furniture of the RIGG on which Anton de Waal, Franz Joseph Dölger and Theodor Klauser presumably already sat, has now put on paper his memories of Sanpietrino in the service of five popes from Paul VI to John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI (here a sample of reading) up to the current sanctity: “A Sanpietrino at the service of five popes” (2019).
In his latest publication The Roman Martyrs, Michael Lapidge translated and commented on 40 legends of Roman martyrs from late antiquity and early medieval times. The 733-page volume is an important aid for future studies. However, Lapidge does not offer a Latin text and does not follow a single manuscript, but occasionally mixes the texts, so that the textual basis is not comprehensible in detail. However, he precedes each legend with an introduction in which he also addresses the problem of the text. Overall, this is a thoroughly worked-out job with a scientific claim. Lapidge also took full account of the publications of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology and also took note of the German publications.
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