Round table 3. Light in Europe


María Victoria Herráez Ortega (University of León)

Paul Binski (University of Cambridge)

Elena Martín Martínez de Simón (Isabel I University)

This round table will analyse what is considered to be the “golden age” of cathedrals from the 13th century to the 16th century. The rise of Gothic art and its evolution connected to the world of cathedrals will be studied. There will also be a discussion of the philosophical/theological thought of the age in relation to the rise of cathedrals. In addition, there will be an analysis of city-cathedral relations and the role of cathedrals as centres of power, culture and charity. The great figures (monarchs, noblemen, bishops) that influenced the history of cathedrals will be discussed.


3.1 Philosophical, theological and aesthetic thought in relation to the arts of the Gothic period
3.2 The technological revolution and the new construction systems
3.3 Spaces and functions in the Gothic cathedral
3.4 The cathedral in the urban and social framework of the city
3.5 The role of the promoters in the management and configuration of the temples and their furnishings
3.6 The movement of artists and models. Artistic transfers between the different territories
3.7 Particular and identifying elements of European cathedrals
3.8 The late Gothic renovation

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