1st Edition

Romanesque Patrons and Processes Design and Instrumentality in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    The twenty-five papers in this volume arise from a conference jointly organised by the British Archaeological Association and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona. They explore the making of art and architecture in Latin Europe and the Mediterranean between c. 1000 and c. 1250, with a particular focus on questions of patronage, design and instrumentality.

    No previous studies of patterns of artistic production during the Romanesque period rival the breadth of coverage encompassed by this volume – both in terms of geographical origin and media, and in terms of historical approach. Topics range from case studies on Santiago de Compostela, the Armenian Cathedral in Jerusalem and the Winchester Bible to reflections on textuality and donor literacy, the culture of abbatial patronage at Saint-Michel de Cuxa and the re-invention of slab relief sculpture around 1100. The volume also includes papers that attempt to recover the procedures that coloured interaction between artists and patrons – a serious theme in a collection that opens with ‘Function, condition and process in eleventh-century Anglo-Norman church architecture’ and ends with a consideration of ‘The death of the patron’.


    Advisory Panel

    Notes on Contributors

    List of Figures


    Colour Plates

    Function, Conditionality and Process in Anglo-Norman Architecture

    Richard Gem

    Before the Communal Age: Patronage and Reform in the Attonidi Domains

    Arturo Carlo Quintavalle

    Romanesque Cathedrals in Northern Italy – Building Processes between Bishop and Commune

    Bruno Klein

    Episcopal Patronage in the Reform of the Catalan Cathedral Canonries during the first Romanesque Period: A New Approach

    Eduardo Carrero Santamaria

    The Role of Bishops and Kings in the Introduction of Romanesque Art in Navarre and Aragon

    Javier Martínez de Aguirre

    From Peláez to Gelmírez. The Problem of Art Patronage at the Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    Jens Rueffer

    Patronage, Romanesque architecture and the Languedoc

    Eric Fernie

    The Armenian Cathedral of Saints James in Jerusalem: Melisende and the Question of Exchange between East and West

    Armen Kazaryan

    Grandmont and the English Kings

    Claade Andrault-Schmitt

    The Hospital, England and Sigena. A Footnote

    Neil Stratford

    King Henry II, St Hugh, and the Winchester Bible

    Christopher Norton

    Patrons, Institutions and Public in the Making of Catalan Romanesque Art

    Manuel Castiñeiras

    The Artistic Patronage of Abbot Gregorius at Cuixà: Models and Tributes

    Anna Orriols

    A Limousin Ciborium in Medieval Catalonia

    Joan Duran-Porta

    The Jaca Ivories: Towards a Re-evaluation of 11th-century Female Patronage in the Kingdom of Aragon

    Verónica Abenza

    The Aemilian Casket Reliquary: A Product of Institutional Patronage

    Melanie Hanan

    Patronage at the cathedral of Tarragona: Cultic and Residential Space

    Esther Lozano-López & Marta Serrano-Coll

    An Anglo-Norman at Terrassa? Augustinian Canons and Thomas Becket at the end of the 12th Century

    Carles Sánchez

    Agency and the re-invention of slab relief sculpture at San Isidoro de León c. 1100

    Rose Walker

    Patron and Liturgy: The Liturgical Setting of San Martino in Lucca after 1070

    Carlotta TaddeiThe ‘Literate’ Lay Donor: Textuality and the Romanesque PatronRobert Maxwell

    Remarks on Patron Inscriptions with Restricted Presence

    Wilfried E. Keil

    The Bridekirk Font: A Twelfth-Century Mason and his Patrons

    Hugh Doherty

    The Role of Painter and Patron in the Work of a Wall or Panel Painting in the Romanesque Age

    Anne Leturque

    The Death of the Patron: The History and Mystery of the Liber Feudorum Maior

    Shannon L. Wearing




    Jordi Camps is Chief Curator of the Medieval Department of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona, where he has curated a number of exhibitions. He is one of the principal scientific coordinators of the Enciclopedia del Románico en Cataluña and is a member of the project Magistri Cataloniae. His personal research interests revolve around sculpture between the 11th and 13th centuries, and the history and historiography of the Romanesque collections at MNAC.

    Manuel Castiñeiras is Associate Professor of Medieval Art History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he acted as the Head of the Department of Art and Musicology from 2014–17. His research focusses on Romanesque art and medieval panel painting, though he has also worked widely on pilgrimage and the question of artistic exchange in the Mediterranean. He is currently the 2017–18 Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts-National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC.

    John McNeill teaches at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and is Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited and contributed to volumes on Anjou, King’s Lynn and the Fens, the medieval cloister and English medieval chantries. He was instrumental in establishing the BAA’s International Romanesque conference series and has a particular interest in the design of medieval monastic precincts.

    Richard Plant has taught at a number of institutions and worked for many years at Christie’s Education in London, where he was Deputy Academic Director. His research interests lie in the buildings of the Anglo-Norman realm and the Holy Roman Empire, in particular architectural iconography. He is Publicity Officer for the British Archaeological Association and co-edited the first volume in this series, Romanesque and the Past.