Symposium: ‘The Medieval Treasury in Iberia and Beyond’, CCHS-CSIC Madrid, 28-30 November 2022

Treasuries offer an opportunity for reading evidence over time, weighing the sometimes contradictory conclusions from textual or visual sources against technical analysis. This project delves into the medieval objects once gathered in ecclesiastical treasuries in order to highlight long-distance and transcultural networks, shining a light on issues of broad relevance for scholarship and society today. We investigate multiple collections in the Iberian Peninsula and beyond, carrying out comparative research on medieval metalworks, ivories, hardstones, and textiles, along with their representations in
miniatures and murals.

Monday 28 November 2022
Moderators: Therese Martin, CSIC, Madrid, and Alicia López Carral, UCM/CSIC, Madrid
15.30 Therese Martin, CSIC, Madrid: Introduction
16.00 María Judith Feliciano, independent scholar, New York: Reconsidering the Medieval Treasury: Absence and Transformation in Iberian Cathedrals.
16.30 Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Turespaña/Tourspain, Madrid: Unknown Pieces from Well Known Treasuries: Textiles at the Cathedrals of Ourense, Palencia, and Toledo.
17.00 Discussion
17.15 Break
17.30 Ignacio Montero, CSIC, Madrid, and Xosé Lois Armada, CSIC, Santiago de Compostela XRF Analysis of Treasured Objects.
18.00 Mariam Rosser-Owen, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Therese Martin, CSIC, Madrid: Looking Anew at Nielloed Silverworks in 10th- to 12th-Century Iberia.

18.30 Discussion

Tuesday 29 November 2022
Moderators: Verónica Abenza, CSIC, Madrid, and Teresa Martínez Martínez, University of Warwick
15.30 Laura Rodríguez Peinado, Universidad Complutense de Madrid:El Pendón de San Isidoro en contexto: el valor de los estandartes como reliquias en los tesoros medievales.
16.00 Jordi Camps, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: De la mesa del altar a la imagen mural: los cálices en la Plena Edad Media.
16.30 Eduardo Manzano, CSIC, Madrid: The Qur’an Captured at the Battle of Alhandega (939).
17.00 Discussion
17.15 Break
17.30 Alicia López Carral, CSIC, Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid: El otro tesoro de la Catedral de Toledo: los libros litúrgicos a través de los inventarios.
18.00 Shannon Wearing, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto: Louis’s Bible and Alfonso’s Cantigas: Royal Manuscripts in Dialogue.
18.30 Discussion

Wednesday 30 November 2022
Moderators: Therese Martin, CSIC, Madrid, and Hannah Thomson, UCLA
15.30 Silvia Armando, Ministero della Cultura, Italia Treasuries of the Norman South: Gift-Giving in Apulia between Episcopal and Secular Powers.
16.00 Jitske Jasperse, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Caskets and Croziers: Limoges in Toledo.
16.30 Julie Harris, independent scholar, Chicago A Leap of Faith: Isaac Caro’s “Tefillin Case” and the
Quest for Sephardic Material Culture.
17.00 Discussion
17.15 Break
17.30 Verónica Abenza Soria, CSIC, Madrid: Towards a Corpus of Byzantine Objects in Spain: A
Tale of Travel and Reuse.
18.00 Pierre Alain Mariaux, Université de Neuchâtel, and Romain Jeanneret, Abbaye de St-Maurice
Singular Object, Multiple Views, Complex Response: The Great Shrine of St. Maurice as Paradigm.
18.30 Discussion/ Conclusions

Attendance is free. Please register at


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

One thought on “Symposium: ‘The Medieval Treasury in Iberia and Beyond’, CCHS-CSIC Madrid, 28-30 November 2022

  1. I am unable to link to the registration for Symposium: ‘The Medieval Treasury in Iberia and Beyond’, CCHS-CSIC Madrid, 28-30 November 2022, because google says the link does not exist.
    Is this symposium in-person only?

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