The Crusades and church art in the era of Las Navas de Tolosa
Other Titles: 
Las Cruzadas y el arte sacro en la época de Las Navas de Tolosa
Keywords: 
Navas de Tolosa
Romanesque art
Islam
Medieval Spain
Issue Date: 
2011
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
1133-0104
Citation: 
GÓMEZ, Miguel Dolán. “The Crusades and church art in the era of Las Navas de Tolosa” / “Las Cruzadas y el arte sacro en la época de Las Navas de Tolosa”. Anuario Historia de la Iglesia, 20 (2011) : 237-260.
Abstract
The art and architecture of Romanesque churches provided for fascinating manifestations of «crusade ideology» in the Iberian Peninsula during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Scenes of combat, imitations of the Holy Sepulcher, and grand eschatological visions of Christian triumph all appeared in church décor. This phenomenon is beautifully exhibited in two churches in the city of Toledo, in which the victory of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) is celebrated with vivid apocalyptic imagery and inscriptions. However, the same churches incorporate Islamic artistic styles as well, indicating the complexity of holy war in the cultural world of medieval Spain.

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