With texts by Ermanno E. Arslan, Alberto Bacchetta, Margherita Bolla, Francesca Bulgarelli, Matteo Cadario, Elena Calandra, Laurent Chrzanovski, Fulvia Ciliberto, Sandro De Maria, Mario Denti, Bianca Maria Giannattasio, Laura Giordani, Maria Elena Gorrini, Henner von Hesberg , Rosanina Invernizzi, Giuseppina Legrottaglie, Stefano Maggi, Massimo Oddone, Jacopo Ortalli, Anna Maria Pastorino, Filli Rossi, Maria Pia Rossignani, Gemma Sena Chiesa, Fabrizio Slavazzi, Giuseppina Spadea, Margherita Tirelli, Mario Torelli, Paola Ventura, Monika Verzàr-Bass , Marina Volonté.
The Bolognese exhibition “Roman Art and Civilization in Northern Italy”, commissioned and organized by Guido A. Mansuelli in 1964, marked a point of arrival as well as a starting point for the problem of the sculpture of the Roman Cisalpina. In the following decades the analytical study of the problems intensified, also in the light of the new and numerous contributions coming from the research on the ground and from the “excavation” in the museum. The International Conference of Studies (Pavia, 22-23 September 2005) of which the volume contains the proceedings therefore represents a collective intervention, with several voices (the universities of northern Italy, the Archaeological Superintendencies, the foreign scholars who attended), of reflection and reconsideration for new critical propositions on the general theme of sculpture, in an attempt to reconstruct an important and complex aspect of the history of the Roman Cisalpina. From the thirty-two reports given by scholars belonging to different generations and schools, and operating in very different scientific fields and structures of research and protection, many innovations emerge, from the monuments presented for the first time to the revisited themes, to be developed on critical debated issues from time to ideas for new study paths