Faithful crosses: on the survival of an early type of goldsmith's cross in late Medieval Catalonia

Variant title
Věrné kříže: o přetrvávání raného typu zlatnických křížů v pozdně středověkém Katalánsku
Source document: Convivium. 2021, vol. 8, iss. 1, pp. [142]-165
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    2336-3452 (print)
    2336-808X (online)
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Three silver crosses created in Catalonia in the fourteenth century – from Vilabertran, St Joan de les Abadesses, and Girona Cathedral – have an archaic design that differs from the Gothic models more common in the region and throughout Western Europe by that time. Recent research on these crosses, particularly on that from St Joan de les Abadesses (now in the Museu Episcopal de Vic), has yielded new findings that contribute to our understanding of this design's final flourishing in the late Middle Ages. These three objects were the last examples created in Catalonia of an old type of multi-functional goldsmith's cross. Crosses of this type were filled with relics that were not always evident to the faithful but that enhanced the ability of the objects' being turned into ideal representations of the True Cross. This, in turn, imbued them with significance beyond sensory perception of their material properties.
  • This paper intends to be a modest but faithful tribute to the generosity and frienship of Herbert L. Kessler. It partially incorporates research related to the project "Sedes Memoriae 2" founded by the Spanish Ministry of Sciencie and Innovation (ref. miciin pid2019-105829gb-100) and carried out by members of the templa research team under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gerardo Boto. I am grateful to César García de Castro, Justin Kroesen, Joan Domenge, Joan Naspleda, Antònia Clarà, Joan Villar, Gustavo A. Torres, Joan Piña and Philippe Cordez.