This contribution intends to draw attention to one of the most significant monuments of medieval Ravenna: the church of Santa Maria in Porto Fuori, which was destroyed during the Second World War. Until now, scholars have focused on the pictorial cycle known through photographs and attributed to the painter Pietro da Rimini. However, the architecture of the building has not been the subject of systematic studies. For the first time, this essay reconstructs the fourteenth-century architectural structure of the church, the apse of which was rebuilt by 1314. The data that led to the virtual restitution of the choir and the related rood screen are the basis for new reflections on the accesses to the apse area, on the pilgrimage flows, and on the view of the frescoes.
Fonti delle immagini: 1 –3, 15– 18, 25 Ravenna, Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici, Paesaggistici per le province di Ravenna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini, Archivio fotografico. — 4, 5, 7, 9 – 14, 19 –21 Ricostruzioni grafiche, Luca Scavolini. — 6 Ravenna, Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici, Paesaggistici per le province di Ravenna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini, Archivio. — 22–24 Baltimora, Walters Art Museum.
© 2019 Fabio Massaccesi, published by De Gruyter