1st Edition

The Visual Culture of al-Andalus in the Christian Kingdoms of Iberia Ninth to Thirteenth Centuries

Edited By Inés Monteira Copyright 2025
    264 Pages 20 Color & 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the reception of Islamic visual culture by the northern Iberian kingdoms, by systematically comparing works of art from both sides and fleshing out their historical context.

    The study includes figurative and iconographic motifs, architectural forms and even the spolia from constructions and Arabic inscriptions that were embedded in Christian buildings. The Islamic visual culture of al-Andalus was often transformed as it was recreated by Christian hands, bringing to the fore various nuances in the relationship between the two religious communities. Artistic transfer was conditioned by social coexistence between Christians and Muslims — both in the caliphate al-Andalus and in the northern realms — and military conflict. To approach the different ways in which Andalusi visual culture was received in the northern kingdoms, while embracing the vast diversity of case studies available, the book is divided into three thematic sections: Reinterpretation, Appropriation and Artistic Transfers.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture and medieval studies.


    Part 1: Reinterpretation

    1. Anti-Islamic Elements in Tenth Century Beatus Manuscripts

    Peter K. Klein

    2. Reimagining Relics and Reliquaries between al-Andalus and the Northern Kingdoms in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries

    Rose Walker

    Part 2: Appropriation

    3. Eagles and Peacocks in Tenth to Twelfth Century Iberian Art

    Inés Monteira

    4. Aesthetic of Appropriation: Andalusi Spolia in Medieval Christian Iberia

    Jorge Elices Ocón

    5. A sign of Conquest and Continuity: Arabic Inscriptions on Christian Buildings from Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries

    Julie Marquer

    Part 3: Artistic Transfer

    6. Artistic Connections between al-Andalus and Asturian Art in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

    Lorenzo Arias Páramo

    7. The Portal of the Church of San Pedro de Cervatos. Artistic Transfers between al-Andalus and the Castilian Leonese Kingdom in the Twelfth Century

    Noelia Silva Santa-Cruz

    8. The Urban Palaces of Andalusi Toledo: the Value of Local Traditions in shaping the Artistic Horizon of 1085

    Victor Rabasco García

    9. Artistic Transfers in Medieval Iberian Architecture: Islamic Decoration in Context and its Reception in Christian Kingdoms

    María Marcos Cobaleda

    Concluding Remarks


    Inés Monteira is Professor in the History of Art Department at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid.