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Romanesque Architecture and Its Sculptural Decoration in Christian Spain, 1000-1120: Exploring Frontiers and Defining Identities
     

Romanesque Architecture and Its Sculptural Decoration in Christian Spain, 1000-1120: Exploring Frontiers and Defining Identities

by Janice Mann
 

ISBN-10: 0802093248

ISBN-13: 9780802093240

Pub. Date: 04/16/2009

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The decades following the year 1000 marked a watershed in the history of the Iberian Peninsula when the balance of power shifted from Muslims to Christians. During this crucial period of religious and political change, Romanesque churches were constructed for the first time in Spain. Romanesque Architecture and Its Sculptural Decoration in Christian Spain,

Overview

The decades following the year 1000 marked a watershed in the history of the Iberian Peninsula when the balance of power shifted from Muslims to Christians. During this crucial period of religious and political change, Romanesque churches were constructed for the first time in Spain. Romanesque Architecture and Its Sculptural Decoration in Christian Spain, 1000-1120 examines how the financial patronage of newly empowered local rulers allowed Romanesque architecture and sculptural decoration to significantly redefine the cultural identities of those who lived in the frontier kingdoms of Christian Spain.

Proceeding chronologically, Janice Mann studies the earliest Romanesque monuments constructed by Sancho el Mayor (r.1004-1035) and his wife, daughters, and granddaughters, as well as those that were built by Sancho Ramírez, king of Aragon (1064-1094). Mann examines groups of buildings constructed by particular patrons against the backdrop of changing social conditions and attitudes that resulted from increased influence from beyond the Pyrenees, the consolidation of royal power, and intensified aggression against Muslims.

An in-depth study of the rise of an architectural style, this is the first book to examine early Romanesque architecture and sculpture of the Iberian Peninsula as it relates to frontier culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802093240
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/16/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 3

1 Frontiers and Pioneers: American Art Historians Discover Medieval Spain 7

2 Victory Proclaimed: The Architectural Patronage of Sancho el Mayor (1004-1035) 46

3 Piety in Action: Royal Women and the Advent of Romanesque Architecture in Christian Spain 75

4 Shaping the Christian Presence in Aragon: The Frontier Fortress-Monasteries of King Sancho Ramírez (r. 1064-1094) 101

5 The Frontier of Eternity: Church Portal Decoration in Romanesque Aragon 132

Afterword 161

Notes 163

Bibliography 213

Index 237

Illustrations 114

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