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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

From Late Antiquity to ca. 1500, the exchange of artistic expressions, literary formulas and moral ideals allowed successive bishops to generate and transform the paradigmatic buildings and devices epitomising episcopal power, both in life and posthumously by dictating the manner in which they were to be com-memorated. Indispensable to this process of integration was the ability to absorb foreign artistic formulas, devise innovative creations and integrate them into mutated patterns that were always defined by local material and intellectual conditions and resources.

This volume explores the making and metamorphosis of images and memories of European Medieval Bishops as individual personalities or institutional figures within the framework of their respective cathedrals. The studies discuss the circumstances and factors that have determined funerary configurations and ritual remembrances of bishops in cathedrals and ecclesiastical colleges in the Medieval Latin Church. The authors of this volume adopt and implement a dual and complementary methodology. First, they take into account a wide range of factors, including specific community practices, liturgical ceremonies, church furnishings, and artistic equipment. Second, they explore to which the morphology of individual tombs can be ascribed to the preferences of patrons who, hypothetically, would also have imposed a religious protocol as the patrons of the future commemoration of their personalities.

In these novel studies, special attention is paid to the symbiosis of pictorial narratives, liturgical performativity, and spatial arrangement, which made up and propitiated a large part of the visual experience of episcopal memorials. The volume focuses on the use of the memorial devices of important bishops as a privileged lens to analyse the complexity and dynamics of the artistic landscape in western Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Catedral y colegio, magnificencia y memoria en la promoción artística de fray Alonso de Burgos (Diana Olivares Martínez)


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DIANA OLIVARES MARTÍNEZ Universidad de Sevilla

Catedral y colegio, magnificencia y memoria en la promoción artística de fray Alonso de Burgos*

Abstract: Friar Alonso de Burgos (†1499) starred a dazzling career both in the Court, as the main chaplain and Queen’s confessor, and in Church, as the bishop of Cordoba, Cuenca and Palencia. Despite his post, he did not establish his funeral memory in a cathedral but he opted for a foundation related to the Dominican Order, the college of San Gregorio in Valladolid. His patronage increased in parallel with his rise in the cursus honorum, which implied a further presence of his coat of arms -and his memory- in the latter sees that he led: Cuenca and Palencia. The coat of arms with the fleur-de-lis filled keystones and triforium ledges, a material memory which was accompanied by generous gifts and reforms. A comparison between the sort of memory showed in the cathedral scope, as a bishop, and in the college, as founder and servant of the monarchs, is of great interest.

Keywords: Fray Alonso de Burgos, Catholic Monarchs, memory, late gothic architecture, patronage. ← 511 | 512 →

1.  Introducción

En el Plano de la Santa Yglesia Cathedral de Cuenca de Ascencio de Morales (1750)1 se indica la presencia de las armas de fray Alonso de Burgos con la siguiente mención: “escudos con flor de lis”. Este detalle, aparentemente anecd...

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