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Rosa M. Rodriguez Porto

External Fellow of Humanities
Department of History


Ph.D. Rosa María Rodríguez Porto is Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela and a member at the Centre for Medieval Literature Department of History at SDU.

Rosa María Rodríguez Porto is an art historian by training, has extensively worked on medieval book illumination, on medieval Iberian courtly culture and on the Classical tradition in the Middle Ages.

Recent publications include: ‘Knighted by the Apostle Himself: Political Fabrication and Chivalric Artifact in Compostela,1332’, in The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation, ed. by Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, and Zuzanna Sarnecka (Routlegde, 2018), pp. 51-62; ‘Ruined Landscape: Images and Mirages in the Study of Castilian Manuscript Production (1284-1369)’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 17.3 (2016): 221-37, and ‘Imagines historiarum: Visions of the Past in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts’, in The Medieval World (2nd edition), ed. by Peter Linehan and Marios Costambeys (forthcoming).

She is currently working on the Late Medieval Iberian historiographical production, and more broadly, on medieval historical imagination, paying special attention to the uses of images in the construction of historical discourse. In 2021 she received one of the prestigious Ramón y Cajal grants that the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation gives to outstanding Spanish scholars. The 5-year postdoctoral program is sponsored by the government and is followed by a permanent position at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Here she’ll continue her research on medieval book illumination and Iberian courtly culture.

For more information about Rosa María Rodríguez Porto please refer to the SDU Research Portal.