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Lecture, "What Leonor Plantagenet (1161-1214) brought from France to Spain: a Castilian Identity through Art"

  • Date: April 20, 2017
The Department of Art History and the Medieval Studies Program Present:

"What Leonor Plantagenet (1161-1214) brought from France to Spain: a Castilian Identity through Art"
Public Lecture by Elizabeth Valdez Del Alamo
Professor Emerita of Art History, Montclair State University

In 1170 Leonor Plantagenet, daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II Plantagenet, king of England, married Alfonso VIII, king of Castilla. The northern bride brought with her more than her parents’ prestige; she also was responsible for a new artistic outlook in Castilla. Leonor introduced English artists and architects to Castilla, the new medium of enamels from Limoges, and even the cult of a new saint, Thomas Becket. It was Leonor’s presence that moved Spanish art from Romanesque to Gothic.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L150