Giustizia, società e immagini nel sistema detentivo trentino in età moderna (sec. XVI-XIX)

In recent years, historical and palaeographic research has renewed attention to “exposed2 forms of writing (especially graffiti) in monasteries and detention centres between the late Middle Ages and the Modern Age. In this rich framework, little attention has been given to the graffiti found in Trentino in detention and disciplinary structures, which can however become an interesting source for reconstructing the social characteristics of the prison population and the exercise of justice in the bishopric. Through the traces left by prisoners, it will be possible to reread the normative and procedural sources of the Trentino courts between the 16th and 19th centuries, shedding light on social and religious practices, personal vicissitudes and community relations that have been little explored to date.
Through the analysis of graffiti preserved inside Trentino detention and disciplinary structures, the project intends to reconstruct the practices of justice and assistance to convicts in the episcopal principality of Trento in the modern age (16th-19th centuries) and the relational networks around them. The case studies will be Trento (Torre Civica, Torre della Tromba, Castello del Buonconsiglio), Cles (Palazzo Assessorile), Rovereto (Castello), Cavalese (Palazzo magnifica comunità Val di Fiemme).


Researcher: Flavia Tudini

Supervisor: Claudio Ferlan



  • Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
  • Museo Diocesano Tridentino
  • Comune di Trento
  • Comune di Cles
  • ERC Advanced Grant 2020, “Writing on the Margins: Graffiti in Italy (7th-16th centuries) – Graff-IT”, (PI prof. Carlo Tedeschi, Università di Chieti)
  • Progetto FARE: “Il sogno della libertà. Scrivere in reclusione nell’Italia di età moderna (secoli XV-XIX)”, (PI prof. Carlo Tedeschi, Università di Chieti)