La basilica di Santa Maria in Foro Claudio a Ventaroli: analisi e rilievo di un periferico monumento medievale
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 72, 2020
The basilica of Santa Maria in Foro Claudio, the seat of bishops from the second half of the 5th century until the end of the 11th century, is situated in Ventaroli, a small village in the province of Caserta. The building, dating back to the 11th century but possibly as far back as the 5th century, has undergone extensions and suffered devastation, redevelopments, indifference and restoration, and although today its configuration differs considerably from the original layout, it still houses an important cycle of frescoes of the Byzantine-Cassinese school. Among the interventions that have contributed most to the current shape of the basilica, are those of the Aragonese age, related to the redesign of the main front, which was equipped with a portal in the Catalan style - still present at the beginning of this century but today replaced with a copy. This contribution is part of a broader programme aimed at documenting through surveys, a significant part of national architectural heritage of undeniable artistic and historical value.