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The Memory of the Bishop in Medieval Cathedrals

Ceremonies and Visualizations

Edited By Gerardo Boto Varela, Isabel Escandell and Esther Lozano Lopez

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Memoria de Diego de Anaya y Maldonado († 1437). Ilustración, crítica y devoción (María Concepción Cosmen Alonso)


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MARÍA CONCEPCIÓN COSMEN ALONSO Instituto de Estudios Medievales Universidad de León

Memoria de Diego de Anaya y Maldonado († 1437). Ilustración, crítica y devoción*

Abstract: The imprint left in History by Archbishop Anaya (d. 1437) is so significant that he has been made into a great patron. In this study we intend to outline, as accurately as possible, his efforts as a sponsor of the arts. From this perspective, we do not know that he fostered any special artistic works in the five cathedrals he ruled, although we do know that he encouraged the organization and legal and judicial development of their institutions. It was late in his life that he promoted some works to preserve his memory alongside his relations’, like his outstanding chapel and tomb in the cloisters of the cathedral of Salamanca.       His main aim was the foundation and upkeep of the College of San Bartolomé, where professionals would be trained to fill top leading positions to rule the Church and the Kingdom.       On the other hand, we must stress the absence of any altarpieces and the lack of liturgical books both in his funerary chapel and in the chapel of his college. Also, his interest in manuscripts might have been that of a learned person rather than that of a collector of rich objects, although some of them have made it clear that he had a strong sense for ownership and...

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