Of Archers and Lions: The Capital of the Islamic Rider in the Cloister of Girona Cathedral

Monteira Árias, Inés . (2019) Of Archers and Lions: The Capital of the Islamic Rider in the Cloister of Girona Cathedral. Medieval Encounters Vol. 25, Issue 5-6

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Título Of Archers and Lions: The Capital of the Islamic Rider in the Cloister of Girona Cathedral
Autor(es) Monteira Árias, Inés
Materia(s) Historia del Arte
Abstract In the south gallery of the cloister of the Cathedral of Santa María, Girona, we find one capital that is differentiated from the rest because of its formal as well as its iconographic characteristics. The four faces of capital no. 4 contain two repeated and two alternating motifs: the archer on horseback and the lion attacking a bull. Both the dress of these horsemen and their physical traits identify them as Muslim horsemen. This identification creates an interpretive context for the capital as a whole that also conditions the reading of the conquering lion. Both images will be examined within their constructive context in the light of events and legends that surrounded the cathedral of Girona in the twelfth century. Moreover, we will trace the origin of these motifs that have their parallels in ivories of the art of the caliphal and taifa periods as well as in Catalan Romanesque and Sicilian-Norman art. This overview will enable us to interpret the meaning and significance of the capital in its historical-artistic context and enrich our knowledge of the artistic transfers between Andalusian and Romanesque art.
Palabras clave Romanesque art
Cathedral of Santa Maria, Girona
Christian-Muslim relations
Catalan Romanesque
Sicilian-Norman art
Editor(es) Brill
Fecha 2019-11-18
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Identificador bibliuned:402-Imonteira-1002
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DOI - identifier https://doi.org/10.1163/15700674-12340054
ISSN - identifier 1570-0674
Nombre de la revista Medieval Encounters
Número de Volumen 25
Número de Issue 5-6
Página inicial 457
Página final 498
Publicado en la Revista Medieval Encounters Vol. 25, Issue 5-6
Idioma eng
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Notas adicionales The registered version of this article, first published in Medieval Encounters, is available online at the publisher's website: Brill, https://doi.org/10.1163/15700674-12340054
Notas adicionales La versión registrada de este artículo, publicado por primera vez en Medieval Encounters, está disponible en línea en el sitio web del editor: Brill, https://doi.org/10.1163/15700674-12340054

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