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Art and Conversion in Early Modern Rome: The Boncompagni Corcos Family

Guendalina Serafinelli, Research Associate, 2014 – 2015

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Guido Reni, Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Museo di Roma, MR 1831, commissioned by the  Boncompagni Corcos family. Archivio Fotografico del Museo di Roma

My research project focuses on the Boncompagni Corcos family’s history of conversion from Judaism to Catholicism in Rome during the early modern period. It explores, through a multidisciplinary approach, the relationship between art and conversion, particularly as concerns neophytes who adopted patronage as a means to legitimize their new status and religious identity. At a conference at the University of Malta I presented the results of my preliminary research on the Boncompagni Corcos’ affiliation with the family of the Bolognese Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni and their taste for Emilian art. In addition, I produced an article on the Bolognese painter Giovan Giacomo Sementi and took part in an international conference organized by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa with a paper entitled “From Documents to Maps: New Digital Perspectives on the Early History of the Accademia di San Luca.”