Art and History
My passion for art and history led me to start a History of Art degree at the Madrid Complutense University in 2002.
After graduating in 2008, I set out on a PhD at the same university, at the Department of History of Art I (Medieval) of the College of Geography and History, with the Doctoral Programme “The Sacred and the Profane in the Medieval World”.
Since September 2015, I am a Doctor in History of Art with the Thesis: Approach to the study of gargoyles of the Gothic cathedrals of Castilla y León, a PhD thesis directed by Prof. Dr. D. Santiago Manzarbeitia Valle, Staff Professor of the Complutense University, the viva voce presentation of which was delivered on 18 September with the grade of Excellent Cum Laude.
While I was at university, I discovered my fascination for medieval art and I embarked on the PhD, I reconciled my studies with other activities connected to my work.
In October 2010, I attended (not-for-credit), the Seminars entitled “Monsters in Literature and Art”, organised jointly by the Department of Classical Philology and Indo-European Linguistics (College of Philology) and the Department of History of Art I (College of Geography and History) of the Madrid Complutense University.
Proyecto de Investigación AquaMafra. Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra [Research Project AquaMafra. The Gargoyles in the National Palace at Mafra] (April 17 and 18, 2019). Presentation in the Congress Projecto AquaMafra: “A Água no Real Edifício de Mafra: Circulação de Conhecimento” which was held in the National Palace at Mafra (Portugal).
Las gárgolas del Monasterio de Batalha [The Gargoyles in the Batalha Monastery] (February 22 and 23, 2019). Conference paper presented during the International Congress “A hidráulica em edifícios monumentais” which was held at the Batalha Monastery (Portugal).
Fantastic Animals in Gargoyles (2018, November 12, 13, 19 and 20). Presentation at the International Seminar “Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos en la Edad Media [Fantastic animals and where to find them in the Middle Ages]”. CAPIRE Research Group, Complutense University of Madrid. Given on November 20 in the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
The Gargoyles at the National Palace in Mafra. Research Project (October 25, 26, 27, 2018). Conference paper presented during the 3rd International Congress on Water which was held at the University of Vigo (Spain).
Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra [The Gargoyles in the National Palace at Mafra] (June 21, 2018). Presentation in the 22nd National Congress of Art History – CEHA (Spanish Committee of Art History) – (June 19-22, 2018): “Vestir la Arquitectura”. The congress took place at the University of Burgos (Spain).
Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra: El diseño geométrico como ornamentación [The Gargoyles in the National Palace at Mafra: Geometric Design as Ornamentation] (April 26, 2018). Presentation in the 1st Seminar Projecto AquaMafra: “A Água no Real Edifício de Mafra: Circulação de Conhecimento”, organised by ARTIS – Institute of Art History at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lisbon and by the Palacio Nacional de Mafra – General Directorate of Cultural Heritage. The seminar was held in the National Palace at Mafra (Portugal).
Las Gárgolas [The Gargoyles] (October 7, 2016). Presentation given in the 5th Conference on Urban Art, Literature and Gothic Culture organized by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Autónoma University of Madrid, The Besarilia Cultural Association and the Mentenebre Cultural Association. The conference took place at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
Las gárgolas de la Catedral Nueva de Salamanca [The Gargoyles in the New Cathedral at Salamanca] (June 26, 2015). Presentation given at the 5th International Medieval Meeting Lleida. University of Lleida (Spain).
“Aproximación a los orígenes y concepto de femme fatale desde la visión de la mujer en la Edad Media”, Herejía y Belleza. Revista de Estudios Culturales sobre el Movimiento Gótico, nº 7 (2019), pp. 58-68.
“La mirada pétrea de las guardianas de la Pulchra”, Revista Catedral de León, Año IV, nº 7 (2019), pp. 24-35.
“Las gárgolas de la Casa de las Conchas”, Revista Atticus, Número 9 (2019), pp. 109-114.
La gárgola y su iconografía, Madrid, Universo de Letras, 2019.
“Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra”, Os percursos da água no Real Edifício de Mafra (2019), pp. 49-66.
“Gárgolas del Bajo Aragón (III). Valderrobres”, Aragón turístico y monumental, Año 93, nº 385 (2018), pp. 31-34.
“Gárgolas del Bajo Aragón (II). Torre del Compte”, Aragón turístico y monumental, Año 93, nº 384 (2018), pp. 28-30.
“Gárgolas del Bajo Aragón (I). La Fresneda”, Aragón turístico y monumental, Año 92, nº 383 (2017), pp. 20-22.
“Las gárgolas”, Herejía y Belleza. Revista de Estudios Culturales sobre el Movimiento Gótico, nº 5 (2017), pp. 68-82.
“La gárgola en el mundo hispano bajomedieval”, Revista de Iconografía Medieval, vol. VIII, nº 16 (2016), pp. 67-99. e-ISSN: 2254-853X.
Research Project AquaBatalha (2018-2019). Sponsored by the Batalha Monastery (DGPC) and CEPAE (Centro de Património da Estremadura).
Research Project AquaMafra – “A Água no Palácio de Mafra: Olhares sobre 300 anos de História” (FCG 209399) (January 2018 – July 2019).
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATIONAL PROJECTS
Radio Interview: “Gárgolas en la Catedral de Salamanca” (personal interview, January 9, 2020). Radio Círculo – Mistérica Radio Secreta.
I Literature and Art Conferences: “Monsters in Literature and Art” (conference attendee, October 19 and 26 and November 2, 2010). Department of Classical Philology and Indo-European Linguistics (College of Philology) and Department of History of Art I (College of Geography and History) of the Madrid Complutense University.