Travel and the Santiago Pilgrimage

Wednesday, 15 November 2006 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Travel and the Santiago Pilgrimage

Alison Stones

Art Historian, University of Pittsburgh

Santiago de Compostela, in the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, was third among the great pilgrimage sites of the Middle Ages, after Jerusalem and Rome. The shrine's astonishing success as a magnet for pilgrims grew from the efforts of the kings of Asturia, León, and Castile and the bishops and archbishops of Santiago itself. Art historian Alison Stones traces the origins and motives of these pilgrims, the roads they traveled, and the cultural consequences of their journeys.

Alison Stones teaches art history at the University of Pittsburgh. For an illustrated bibliography of her work, check out her website.

Poster image detail: David Comberg

Selected Reading

The Pilgrim Route to Santiago (select bibliography of works in English)

On the Road to Compostela by Nancy Marie Brown

The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela: A Gazetteer by A Shaver-Crandell, Paula Lieber Gerson, and Alison Stones

Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela, by Conrad Rudolph