The paintings of San Martiño Pinario
Galician painting and the quality of its works have been questioned on numerous occasions by critics such as Manuel Murguía and Couselo Bouzas. However, in the heart of Santiago de Compostela is the collection of paintings of San Martiño Pinario.
San Martiño Pinario choir seats and altarpieces
In the church of the monastery of San Martiño Pinario, both the choir seating and the large collection of altarpieces stand out. The church dates from 1590, but the interior decoration is later. Over the years, the religious order contracted the services of several sculptors to
The Baroque is an artistic movement that emerged in Europe in the 17th century and developed until the 18th century. The painting of this period, like sculpture, is characterised by realism in its representations. In addition, bright colours and the contrast of light and shade predominate.
The Baroque is an artistic and cultural movement that appeared in Europe in the 17th century and developed until the 18th century. The baroque sculpture is characterised by naturalism and the desire to represent reality as it is.
The Baroque through the Way of Saint James
The term Baroque is used to refer to the artistic and cultural movement that was born in Europe in the 17th century and developed until the middle of the 18th century. At this time, Spain was in economic decline, and a feeling of pessimism and disillusionment
Renaissance sculpture and painting
Renaissance sculpture in Spain was marked by an exclusively religious theme. Following the Gothic tradition, it had a didactic function. Although the Renaissance moved away from theocentrism to place man at the centre of the universe, Spanish Renaissance sculpture continued to have a religious character.
The Renaissance through the Way of Saint James
The Renaissance is an artistic movement that emerged in Italy in the 15th century. It was inspired by classical antiquity and the Greco-Latin tradition. It spread throughout Europe and reached Spain thanks to the relations that the Way of Saint James promoted.
Gothic art was a late arrival on the Iberian Peninsula, but in the field of painting it took even longer. It was established in the 14th century, and was initially intended to decorate the interior of churches.
The Gothic Sculpture
The hieratism of Romanesque sculpture and its anti-naturalism gradually gave way to a Gothic style of sculpture from France in which a more realistic representation was sought. This change spread along the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela and was promoted by great masters.
The Gothic cathedrals on the Way of Saint James
Gothic art arrived on the Iberian Peninsula in the 13th century. The new style, which had emerged in northern France, appeared when Romanesque art was at its height in Hispania. This is why it arrived late, although it managed to develop fully. At the architectural level,