The Memory of the Bishop in Medieval Cathedrals: Ceremonies and Visualizations

Gerardo Boto Varela (Editor/Coordinator), Isabel Escandell (Editor/Coordinator), Esther Lozano (Editor/Coordinator)

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From Late Antiquity to ca. 1500, the exchange of artistic expressions, literary for-mulas and moral ideals allowed successive bishops to generate and transformthe paradigmatic buildings and devices epitomising episcopal power, both inlife and posthumously by dictating the manner in which they were to be com-memorated. Indispensable to this process of integration was the ability to ab-sorb foreign artistic formulas, devise innovative creations and integrate theminto mutated patterns that were always defined by local material and intellectualconditions and resources.This volume explores the making and metamorphosis of images and memoriesof European Medieval Bishops as individual personalities or institutional figures within the framework of their respective cathedrals. The studies discuss the cir-cumstances and factors that have determined funerary configurations and ritualremembrances of bishops in cathedrals and ecclesiastical colleges in the Medi-eval Latin Church. The authors of this volume adopt and implement a dual andcomplementary methodology. First, they take into account a wide range of fac-tors, including specific community practices, liturgical ceremonies, church fur-nishings, and artistic equipment. Second, they explore to which the morphologyof individual tombs can be ascribed to the preferences of patrons who, hypothet-ically, would also have imposed a religious protocol as the patrons of the futurecommemoration of their personalities.In these novel studies, special attention is paid to the symbiosis of pictorial nar-ratives, liturgical performativity, and spatial arrangement, which made up andpropitiated a large part of the visual experience of episcopal memorials. The vol-ume focuses on the use of the memorial devices of important bishops as a priv-ileged lens to analyse the complexity and dynamics of the artistic landscape in western Europe during the Middle Ages.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerna
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages604
ISBN (Print)978-3-0343-3450-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Bishops
  • Midle Ages
  • Cathedrals


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