Online Exhibition: The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Whilst we would love to hop on a plane and head to Galicia for a holiday, we’re being responsible art historians! With this in mind, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela have created a wide range of online exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture for us to enjoy without leaving the comforts of our home! Learn more about the Master Mateo who sculptor and architect who worked on the Cathedral’s Pórtico de la Gloria, or explore the museum’s collections of fascinating artworks, as well as learning about the legendary origin of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James). Below are some of our favourites.

The Cathedral de Santiago, Left columns of the central arch of the Portico of Glory, Master Mateo, ca. 1188-1211

The Portico of Glory: Master Mateo’s Masterpiece

Discover the story of revelation and salvation, starting in the crypt and developing through the statues and reliefs of an artistic masterpiece of the Middle Ages.

(The Cathedral de Santiago, Left columns of the central arch of the Portico of Glory, Master Mateo, ca. 1188-1211)

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Museum

A tour of the cathedral’s most emblematic pieces, showcasing more than 1,000 years of history.

(The Cathedral de Santiago, Rose window, Master Mateo, c.1200)

The Cathedral de Santiago, Saint James the Pilgrim, previously owned by Archbishop Álvaro de Isorna, Francesco Marino, 1445

The Camino de Santiago

The legendary origin of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and the various routes leading to the Apostle’s tomb.

(The Cathedral de Santiago, Saint James the Pilgrim, previously owned by Archbishop Álvaro de Isorna, Francesco Marino, 1445)

A Master by the Name of Mateo

Between 1168 and 1211, Master Mateo worked on a project that was fundamental to the history of Santiago Cathedral.

(The Cathedral de Santiago, Base of the mullion of the Portico of Glory, Master Mateo, 1168-1188)

Check out the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela’s page on Google Arts &Culture here.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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