1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138477032
Published March 21, 2018 by Routledge
362 Pages

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Book Description

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’.

Table of Contents


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



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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.