Matilde Mateo

Assistant Professor, Art History / Director of Undergraduate Programs in Art History (Interim) and of History of Architecture

Research and Teaching Interests

Matilde Mateo specializes in the art of the Middle Ages, with secondary interests in Classical art and romantic aesthetics. Her research focuses on how medieval art was conceptualized and perceived after the Middle Ages, and her current projects are devoted to the ideological manipulation of Spanish medieval art as a weapon in the shaping of a national identity.


Ph.D. in Art History, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 1994.


    Survey of World Art, Prehistory to the Gothic
    History of Ancient Art
    Greek Art
    Art and Ideology in Medieval Spain
    Introduction to Medieval Art
    The Gothic Spell
    Romanesque Art
    History of Art in Galicia
    Medieval Art, Nationalism And Romantic Sensibility: The Construction
    Of “The Medieval” In Modern Thought
    Art and Political Propaganda: The Legitimization Of Imperial Power And The Art of Antiquity.
    The Idea of the Gothic Cathedral
    Art and Pilgrimage: the Way of St. James

    Selected Articles/Book Chapters

    "The Making of the Sarracenic Style: the Crusades and Medieval Architecture
    in the British Imagination of the 18th and 19th centuries”, in The Crusades:
    Other Experiences, Alternate Perspectives, Binghamton: Global Academic Publishing-
    Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance at SUNY- Binghamton, 2003, pp.115-140.
    “En busca del origen del Gótico: El viaje de Thomas Pitt por España en 1760",
    Goya. Revista de Arte, Madrid, Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, num. 292,


    El Pórtico de la Gloria en la Inglaterra Victoriana
    El Pórtico de la Gloria en la Inglaterra Victoriana. La invención de una obra maestra
    Ministry of Culture-National Museum of Pilgrimages, Santiago de Compostela, 1991.
    The Gothic Spell
    Nigratrea, Spain, forthcoming.

    Awards, Honors, Grants

    Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado, 1995, University of Santiago.
    M.A. with Distinction, 1995, University of Essex.
    Summa Cum Laude in M.Phil. Dissertation
    F.P.I. Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Spain, to the University of Chicago, 1997-99
    (two years) Equivalent to a post-doctoral Fullbright or NEH.
    Fellowship by “La Caixa-The British Council”, to the University of Essex, 1993-94 (one year),
    to carry out an
    Pre-doctoral research fellowship by the Xunta de Galicia (Autonomous Goverment of Galicia, Spain)
    to London, 1988-89 (two years). Similar to pre-doc Fullbright fellowships.
    Research grants by the University of Vigo, to London, summers of 1991, 1992, and 1995.
    Research grants by the Xunta de Galicia to IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, January 1993,
    and to Yale University, September 1993 (Visiting Fellow).
    Pre-doctoral research scholarship the Diputación Provincial de Pontevedra (County Goverment),
    1991-1992 (two years).
    Research grant by the The British Council, to London, June-September 1990.
    Study scholarship, Fundación “Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Conde de Fenosa”,
    undergraduate studies, University of Santiago, 1977-82.
    Grants by the University of Santiago to attend the following summer courses:
    "The Roots of Galicia" and "Museology". 1987.
    Grant by the Fundación “Alfredo Brañas” to attend the summer course on
    "The way of Saint James", at the International University of the Atlantic, 1987