Lorenzo Mercuri (16 september 1995)
He obtained his BA in History of Medieval Art with honors in 2018 and his MA in History of Medieval Art with honors at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2020. In the same year he was admitted to the XXXVI cycle of PhD in History of Art at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" with a research project ok Knights Templar's commandery in Paris entitled “L'Enclos du Temple di Parigi. Topografia urbana e forme di un'assenza: tra evergetismo capetingio e «Stile di Corte»” (supervisor: Pio Francesco Pistilli). In 2021 he became member of the international archaeological project "Conservation of the Stone Floor of the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem: Research and Intervention for the Rehabilitation" (Custody of the Holy Land – Jerusalem; Department of Antiquities, University of Rome "La Sapienza", coord. F. R. Stasolla – Rome; Centro per la conservazione e il restauro “La Venaria Reale”, dir. arch. S. Stucco – Turin) dealing an investigation on architectural reproductions of the Holy Sepulchre in Western Europe between XII and XIII centuries. In 2022 an abroad research period at the CRHIA (Centre de Recherches Historique et Atlantique) of the Université de Nantes allowed to focus his investigations on sacred, residential and military architecture promoted by Military Orders in French territory.
At the end of the same year he became member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE). In 2023 a new abroad investigation period at the School of Arts & Humanities of the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) enables to research architectural relations between English round churches and the Eglise du Temple in Paris.
In the same year he was admitted to the “6th Advanced School in the Humanities: The Crusades and the Societies of the Latin East” promoted by the Israel Institute for Advances Studies (IIAS), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.