Patrons and advocates of the sailors. The saints and the sea in Catalan gothic

Montserrat Barniol

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    In late Middle-Age Catalonia, some saints were invoked as protectors of ships, which is understandable if we take into account the political-economic context. In fact, the miracle of rescuing the shipwrecked, which can be found in many saints' legends, appeared frequently in gothic Catalan altarpieces. In this article, using examples, the links between worship (especially among people linked to the sea), hagiography and plastic arts are studied in relation to this prodigy. Notwithstanding, it is also shown that the miracle of rescuing the shipwrecked was not always included in hagiographic cycles was not always related to the cultural practices of the seafarers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-276
    JournalImago Temporis - Medium Aevum
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


    • Artistic Promotion
    • Gothic Art
    • Hagiography
    • People who worked at Sea
    • Worship


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