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Beyond the Eye: The Trascoro of the Cathedral of Palencia

11 Jun 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Online Seminar



The Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain is proud to present the second installment of our series of webminars:  ‘Beyond The Eye’. Exploring Spanish Art History in the Modern Age, the aim of these talks is to dive into those aspects of artworks, collections and other elements of the visual culture of the moment that can’t be deciphered on a first look.

Joining us is Natalia Muñoz-Rojas, the Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant of Paintings at the Wallace Collection, with a fascinating presentation on the Trascoro of the Cathedral of Palencia. The presentation will be available here.

On the trascoro or west choir wall of the cathedral of Palencia hangs the altarpiece of Our Lady of Compassion, acquired by bishop Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca in 1505 whilst in Brussels. The altarpiece depicts the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin and at its centre, prominently displayed, is a praying portrait of Fonseca.

The bishop donated the painting to the cathedral in 1513. Together with the altarpiece he donated large sums of money to decorate the trascoro wall with stone tracery and left detailed instructions for the liturgical rituals to be celebrated at the newly founded altar of the trascoro. After leaving Palencia in 1514 to take up his seat as bishop of Burgos, Fonseca continued to commission works of art for the trascoro in Palencia. Amongst these, were the wings of the altarpiece and four tapestries illustrating the Marian antiphon Salve Regina.

Fonseca’s donations create a beautiful and complex ensemble. This webinar will consider in detail the different components of the donation and their relevance, exploring how they work together to convey a strong statement about the bishop’s power, political allegiances and piety.

  • About the speaker

Natalia Muñoz-Rojas, the Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant of Paintings at the Wallace Collection, carries out research on the collection’s paintings and is involved in the organization of temporary exhibitions and symposia relating to Spanish art.

Natalia read History of Art at the University of Warwick and completed a Masters on Northern Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute, focusing on the cultural exchanges between northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. She has worked at the Fundación de Amigos del Museo del Prado and at Christie’s. In addition to her academic works on the Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delight, a Spanish School Virgin and Child in Gothic Architectural Setting in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and on the trascoro of the Cathedral of Palencia, whilst at Christie’s, Muñoz-Rojas researched and catalogued Old Master and 19th Century paintings from the Italian, French, Dutch and Spanish schools amongst others, working on Zurbaran, Orientalist painters traveling to Spain and Sorolla.


11 Jun
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Online Seminar
London, United Kingdom


Embassy of Spain