MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, Spanish
(active late 13th century)
Santa María la Blanca, Villalcázar de Sirga (Palencia)
The composition of the south portal of the church of Santa María la Blanca at Villalcázar de Sirga goes back to Romanesque architectural practice. Lacking a tympanum, and with a double row of blind arches with figures above the archivolt of the portal, it is modeled on the church of Santiago (St. James) at nearby Carrión de los Condes. The archaic iconography of the upper frieze, with Christ in Majesty surrounded by the symbols of the Evangelists and flanked by the Apostles, also has a forerunner at Carrión.