Gothic Architecture in 13th- and 14th-Century Spain and its Historiography

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The first Coll & Cortés Medieval Spain Research Seminar

Gothic Architecture in 13th- and 14th-Century Spain and its Historiography

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, UK

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Drawing of a pier in Palencia cathedral, from Vicente Lampérez, Historia de la Arquitectura Cristiana Española en la edad media, Madrid, 1908 (photo: Tom Nickson)

  • Wednesday 28 October 2015
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    5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

    Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, UK, WC2R 0RN

Speaker

  • Eduard Carrero Santamaria - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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  • Dr Tom Nickson - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Since the late 19th century, scholarship on 13th- and 14th-century Spanish architecture has largely depended on formal analysis and systems of cataloguing. From this have emerged fundamental studies of cathedrals, including those of Burgos, León and Toledo, of monasteries such as Las Huelgas in Burgos, or of parish churches such as Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona. But what are the premises of such approaches? As interest in gothic architecture wanes amongst early 21st-century art historians, some of Spain’s most significant buildings still lack basic analysis. And yet perhaps the biggest problem is not the absence of studies but their methods, mediated by contemporary contexts.

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