Manuel Castiñeiras (A Coruña, 1964) is currently Professor of the History of Medieval Art (Catedràtic, CL) in the Department of Art and Musicology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since May 2018. He received his “habilitation” to the rank of Full Professor (Catedrático) both from the AQV (Agency for the Quality of the Catalan Universitary System) in 2013 and from the ANECA (Nacional Agency for the Evaluation of the Quality and Acreditation) in 2015. Previously, he has been Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelonasince since February 2010. Before, he had been Head Curator of the Romanesque Collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (Barcelona) (2005-2010) and Associate Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1997), where he developed his academic career between 1994 and 2005. He has increased his training enjoying several grants and stays in prestigious research centres as the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1987-1988), the Centre d’Études Superiéures de Civilisation Médiévale of the Université de Poitiers (1989) and the II Università di Roma-Tor Vergata (1989-1991).
He has been internationally acknowledged as Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (Short-Term) (1-15 september 2012) invited by the Nagasaki Junshi Catholic University, as well as Visiting Professor del Department of History of Art of the Univeristy of Pennsylvania (EE.UU) (28 october-8 november 2012). He has recently been Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) de la National Gallery de Washington (EE.UU) (september 2017-may 2018).
He is Ph. D at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, with Special Doctorate Award (1993). He is mainly a specialist in Romanesque Art and Pligrimage Studies, especially on iconographical themes, Ancient and Folk survivances . His current researches are focused on the origin, development and function of the Romanesque Portals as well as on some questions related to the Catalan Romanesque Painting. The role of the artists and their interaction with the patrons as well as the functions of their media (sculpture, panel painting, mural painting) are as well some of his topics. However, in the last years he has shifted to the fields of the Byzantine and Crusader Art in order to analyze some issues related to the artistic exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean and the making of intercultural identities.
He is author (/edithor) of the books: El calendario medieval hispano. Textos e imágenes (siglos XI-XIV), Junta de Castilla y León, Salamanca, 1996; Introducción al método iconográfico, Ariel, Barcelona, 1998; El Pórtico de la Gloria, Madrid, 1999; Profano y pagano en el arte gallego (in collaboration with Fátima Díez Platas), Santiago, 2003; The Scallop in Compostela: the badge of the Jacobean Pilgrimage, 2007, Santiago, 2007 (texts in English, Spanish and Galician); Romanesque Art in MNAC Collections, (in collaboration with Jordi Camps), Lunwerg, Barcelona, 2008 (with editions in English, Spanish, French and Catalan); Compostela and Europe. The story of Diego Gelmírez, Skira, Milano, 2010 (with editions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Galician); The Creation Tapestry, Gerona, 2011 (with editions in English, Spanish, Catalan, French and German); Pintar fa mil anys. El colors i l’ofici del pintor romànic, 2014 (in collaboration with J. Verdaguer); Galicia e os camiños de Santiago (2016); Entre la letra y el pincel: el artista medieval. Leyenda, identidad y estatus (2017), Romanesque Patrons and Processes: Design and Instrumentality in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe, (con J. McNeill, R. Plant and J. Camps), Routledge, Milton Park, 2018.
He has also published several articles in academic and prestigious journals such as Prospettiva, Archivo Español de Arte, Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Cahiers de Saint-Michel de Cuxa, Arte Medievale, Arte Lombarda, Journal of the Bristish Archeological Association, etc. He is member of the editor board or scientific committee of Iconographica, BUCEMA, Journal of the Bristish Archaeological Association, Troianalexandrina, Cahiers de Saint-Michel de Cuxa, Butlletí del MNAC, Ad Limina, Compostellanum). As well, he usually attends many international meetings and conferences.
He was the curator of the exhibitions: Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1849-1925) and the rediscovery of the Romanesque Art in Catalonia, MNAC, 2006; The Romanesque Art and the Mediterranean. Catalonia, Toulouse and Pisa (1120-1180), MNAC, 2008; El cel pintat. El Baldaquí de Tost, MEV, 2008; La Princesa Sàvia. Les pintures de Santa Caterina de la Seu d’Urgell, MNAC-MEV, December 2009-June 2010 or Compostela and Europe. The story of Diego Gelmírez, organized by Xacobeo-Xunta de Galicia at Paris, Vatican City and Santiago de Compostela.
He was Deputy President of AISAME (Associazione Italiana degli Storici dell’Arte Medievale), which organized every year an International Congress on Medieval Art at Parma (Italy); and Associate of the Board of Directors of ICMA (International Center of Medieval Art) (2007-2011), sited in The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA. He is currently member of the International Committee of Experts of the Way of Saint James in the Xacobeo (Xunta de Galicia), which has recently organized its VIII International Congress of Jamesian Studies at Compostela; as well as member of the Scientific Committee for the Restoration of the Pórtico de la Gloria developed into the project Catedral by the Fundation Pedro Barrié de la Maza (2009-2012). He is also member of the British Archaeological Association and Associé correspondant étranger of the Société Nationale des Antiquaires de France, sited in the Musée du Louvre.
During 2012-2015 he was the Director of the Research Project financed by the MICINN “Artistas, Patronos y Público. Cataluña y el Mediterráneo (s. XI-XV) – MAGISTRI CATALONIAE” (HAR2011-23015) for the period 2012-2014. He is currently IP of the Research Project Movilidad y transferencia artística en el Mediterráneo Medieval (1187-1388). Artistas, objetos y modelos-MAGISTRI MEDITERRANEI (HAR2015-63883-P) (2016-2019). Manuel Castiñeiras is IP of the new GRUP DE RECERCA (GdR) [research group] MAGISTRI CATALONIAE, of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in association with the Departament d’Art i Musicologia (UAB). Since 2018 he is IP of the Grup de Recerca Consolidat (SGR-231) of the Generalitat de Catalunya : MAGISTRI CATALONIAE-Estudis culturals de la Mediterrània Medieval (s. XI-XV).