Saints, Saracens, and the reconquest: re-imagining martyrdom in the Antependium of Durro Public Deposited

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  • Black, Krysta L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • Previous scholarship of the early twelfth-century Antependium of Saints Quiricus and Julitta has been limited to its inclusion in surveys documenting and categorizing the range of Catalan antependia from the late eleventh to thirteenth centuries. This thesis suggests that by taking into account the history and ideologies of the Reconquest and imbuing them with discourses on martyrdom, the antependium initiates a dialogue with the past that intertwines the remote memory of persecution with the salient notion of crusade. The presence of anti-Islamic sentiment, in part expressed by recasting contemporary Muslims as persecutors and idolaters akin to the Roman persecutors of the early Christian past, allows the antependium to be interpreted as visual manifestation of the changing ideology of the Reconquest. This thesis proposes a multivalent reading of the antependium that weaves the timeless notion of Christian sacrifice with contemporary perceptions of martyrdom and crusade.
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