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Biography: Francesca Dell'Acqua

Francesca Dell'Acqua

Francesca Dell’Acqua, a graduate student at the Scuo­la Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, prepared her doctoral dissertation on glazed windows in Europe in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The starting point for this research was a study of the ninth- and 12th-century window glass found during excavations at San Vincenzo al Volturno in central Italy (described briefly in Journal of Glass Studies, v. 39, 1997, pp. 33–41). Subsequently, Del­l’Acqua expanded the scope of her studies to in­clude the history of glazed windows between the fourth and early 12th centuries. At the beginning of this period, glazed windows were essentially func­tional; by the end of it, they had become an im­portant medium for decorative and narrative art.

As part of her research on this transformation, Dell’Acqua undertook a review of the writ­ten sources, from the fourth-century Vita Constan­tini to the 12th-century Chronicon Casinense. She also studied the finds from recent archaeological excavations in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.