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Monumentos Arquitectónicos De España. Monumentos Latino-Bizantinos De Mérida: Por El Exmo. É Illmo. Señor Don José Amador De Los Rios, Individuo De Número De Las Reales Academias De La Historia Y De Bellas Artes De San Fernando, Catedrático Del Doctorado Y Decano De La Facultad De Filosofía Y Letras De La Universidad Central, Inspector General De Instruccion Pública.

José Amador De Los Rios

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Monumentos Latino-Bizantinos De Mérida


Publícase á expensas del Estado, bajo la inspeccion de la Real Academia De Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Editor: El Excmo. Señor Don José Gil Dorregaray., Madrid:: Imprenta De T. Fortanet Y Calcografía Nacional., MDCCCLXXVII.

Physical Description

xi, [1], 80, [2] p., 9 pl.: illus.; 746 mm.


[T.p.] - Monumentos Latino-Bizantinos De Mérida. Introduccion - [Text] - Monumentos Latino-Bizantinos De Mérida. Índice De Esta Monografía - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The plates are signed by draughtsmen R. Arredondo and N. Mendivil, and by engravers B. Maura, E. Buxó, J.A. Camacho and E. Lémus.

The title-page vignette is signed as drawn by F. Madrazo and engraved by D. Martinez; the headpiece and first decorated initial are signed as drawn by R. Arredondo and engraved by D. Martinez; the two other decorated initials (for parts 2, 3, on pp. 27, 67) are unsigned.


J. Sainz Rodríguez, Biografía de Amador de los Rios (1907).

Summary Note

Some copies have bound in the paper cover of this cuaderno, of which the title reads, 'Monumentos Arquitectónicos De España. Publicados de Rl. Orden y por disposicion del Ministerio de Fomento. Cuaderno No.'

The titles are in Spanish; the text is in Spanish and French in parallel.

The work describes surviving fragments of Romanesque architecture of Mérida under the Visigoths in the sixth century, in particular from the Basilica Metropolitana, Baptisterio, Conventual, Atrio Metropolitano, Atrio Ducal and Basilica de Sta. Eulalia. These include sculpted pilasters, plaques and furniture, of a quality similar to that of contemporary work at Rome and Ravenna, and showing the influence of the eastern Roman Empire. Their style, with its bevelled edges, low relief and geometric motifs, has been described as 'a kind of metal-working on stone'.

The plates show architectural details of the buildings. In-text illustrations consist of a title-page vignette, headpiece (showing a window) and three decorated initials.

The decorated initials on pp.27 and 67 are printed in color.

Copy Note

On the paper cover the words 'Cuaderno No.' have been crossed through in pencil, and the words 'Tom. III.' have been written in ink above.

Binding Note

19th-century quarter brown calf, red cloth-covered boards; rebacked in 20th century, retaining earlier spine-piece lettered 'Monumentos Arquitectónicos De España - Tom. III. Monumentos Latino-Byzantinos De La Monarquia - Visigoda (Mérida) - Monumentos Latino-Byzantinos De Córdoba' and 'R.A.' Bound with one other.


Architecture, Visigothic - Monuments - Architecture details - Church decoration and ornament - Sculpture, Visigothic - Bas-reliefs - Churches - Basilicas - Baptisteries - Public buildings - Spain - Extremadura - Badajos - Mérida - History - 6th century - Romanesque
Art history - Spain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Spain - 19th century