CFP: The Cathedral: Art and Power

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 December 2023

The Special Issue that we propose aims to analyze medieval European cathedrals that, as a case study, are particularly unique as spaces of power. Within a broad chronological arc that runs from the IVth to the XVIth  century and in an extensive geographical framework that goes from north to south and from east to west, our intention is to leave aside some of the well-known cathedrals (the top ten) and focus on others that, from the
perspective of art and power, we also claim to be very illustrative.
To this end, we have selected a group of buildings that will be studied by leading specialists in terms of their construction processes, their spatial morphogenesis and their possible dialogues with antiquity; their semantics in relation to hierotopy and exotopy; and their relations, in short, with the secular and religious elites who used their commissions with devotional intentions, but also political ones for their own benefit or that of their collective, be it family, dynastic or institutional.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Marta Serrano-Coll
Department of History and Art
History, Universitat Rovira i Virgili,
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Dr. Gerardo Boto-Varela
Department of Medieval Art,
Universitat de Girona – Templa,
17004 Girona, Spain