Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland Annual lecture 2013

Santiago de Compostela: New Thoughts on the Construction of the Great Pilgrimage Church

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

capital from the nave of Santiago de Compostela, showing a mason's mark
A capital from the nave of Santiago de Compostela, showing a mason's mark. Photo: Jennifer Alexander

Speaker(s): Dr Jenny Alexander (History of Art, University of Warwick)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Karen Impey and Jill Franklin

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the destination for countless pilgrims across time, is one of Romanesque Europe's most studied buildings, but still attracts the attentions of scholars. Our project, funded by the regional government of Galicia, is to make the first systematic study of the masons' marks on the fabric to discover the progress of construction of the cathedral. By precise recording of the sites of all the marks, and computer analysis of the records, it is possible to demonstrate how this part of the building was assembled,  discover more about the organisation of the medieval works department, and make our contribution to the debate on the date of the cathedral.

Dr Jennifer Alexander has a BA in Art History from the University of East Anglia, a PhD in Archaeology from Nottingham University, FSA, is currently Senior Teaching Fellow in Art History at Warwick University and Chair of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. She is an architectural historian interested in the construction of medieval and early-modern buildings and has promoted the study of masons' marks in the recent past, with a number of publications on the topic.

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