The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe

The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe considers the significance of regions in the creation of Romanesque, particularly in relation to transregional and pan-European artistic styles and approaches. The categorization of Romanesque by region was a cornerstone of 19th and 20th scholarship, albeit one vulnerable to the application of anachronistic concepts of regional identity. Individual chapters explore the generation and reception of forms, the conditions that give rise to the development of transregional styles and the agencies that cut across territorial boundaries. There are studies of regional styles in Aquitaine, Castile, Sicily, Hungary and Scandinavia, workshops in Worms and the Welsh Marches, the transregional nature of liturgical furnishings, the cultural geography of the new monastic orders, metalworking in Hildesheim and the valley of the Meuse, and the links which connect Piemonte with Conques.

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Notes on Contributors


Colour Plates

The Epistemological, Political and Practical issues affecting Regional Categories in French Romanesque Architecture

Claude Andrault-Schmitt

Hans Kubach’s Treatment of Regions in the Study of Romanesque architecture

Eric Fernie

Did Zodiaque’s Regional Portrayal create a False Impression as to the Nature of Romanesque?

Philip Bovey

Romanesque Sculpture in Aquitaine: A History of the Marginalisation of a Widely Imitated Regional Sculptural Style

Marcello Angheben

The Baldachin-Ciborium: The Shifting Meanings of a Restricted Liturgical Furnishing in Romanesque Art

Manuel Castiñeiras 

Hildesheim as a Nexus of Metalwork Production, c. 1130 – 1250

Gerhard Lutz

‘Mosan’ Goldsmithing and its Diffusion in the Rhineland, France and England

Aleuna Macarenko

Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium: Iconographic Transregionalism?

Cecily Hennessy

Transregional Dynamics, Monastic Networks: Santa Fede in Cavagnolo, Conques and the Geography of Romanesque Art

Michele Vescovi

Tiron on the Edge: Cultural Geography, Regionalism and Liminality

Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines

Four Romanesque Cistercian Abbey Churches in Lesser Poland: The Context of their Foundation

Tomasz Weclawowicz  

The Cathedral of Catania and the Creation of the Norman County of Sicily: Transregional and Transalpine models in the Architecture of the Late Eleventh Century

Tancredi Bella

‘School’ or Masons’ Workshop? Reflections on the so-called Wormser Bauschule and on the Definition of Regional Style

Wilfried Keil

Towards an Anatomy of a Regional Workshop: The ‘Herefordshire School’ Revisited

John McNeill

Crossing the Pyrenees: Migration, Urbanization and Transregional Collaboration in Romanesque Aragon

Julia Perratore   

Transregionalism and Particularity in the Romanesque Woodcarving of 12th-Century Catalonia

Jordi Camps

Romanesque Woodcarvers and Plasterers in the Abruzzi: The Mediterranean Connection

Gaetano Curzi

A country without regions? The case of Hungary

Béla Zsolt Szakács 

Reassessing the Problem of Scandinavian Romanesque

Benjamin Zweig

The Creation of Castilian Identity under Alfonso VIII and Leonor Plantagenet

Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo