Carles Sánchez (Ph.D., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) is Professor of Medieval Art History in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia).
He holds a doctorate in the organization of Romanesque’s cathedrals workshops of the 11th and 12th in Spain, mainly focused on architects, sculptors and masons, supervised by Prof. Dr. Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Previously, he submitted a Thesis for a master degree on Romanesque sculpture in Navarre and the Crown of Aragon.
In July 2014, he was awarded with an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to support research in the context of the Santiago Cathedral Project. The fellowship is provided by The Complutense Foundation and the Barrié Foundation, in collaboration with the Santiago Cathedral Foundation, the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard and the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE). The project was focused on the study of the Relationship between the sculpture of the Portal of Glory and the Mediterranean (Barcelona, Pisa, Provence).
Since 2011 he has been working as a researcher and coordinator of the project Encyclopaedia of Romanesque Art in the Iberian Peninsula. The research was carried out by the Fundación Santa María la Real (FSMLR) – Centre for Romanesque Studies, which conducted the main research for the recovery and dissemination of archaeological heritage. He collaborated in the Encyclopaedia’s volumes regarding Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida and Girona, with more than 50 articles. He is general coordinator of the UAB’s research project Artists, Patrons and Audiences. Catalonia and the Mediterranean (11th-15th centuries) –MAGISTRI CATALONIAE (HAR2011-23015), managing the Index Magistri Cataloniae, a digital database of Catalan medieval artists and workshops. He also takes part in the new research group MAGISTRI CATALONIAE, of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in association with the Departament d’Art i Musicologia (UAB).
He coordinated the I Magistri Cataloniae International Symposium: “Artista anònim, artista amb signatura. Identitat, estatus i rol de l’artista en l’art medieval”, which was organized by the research project Magistri Cataloniae and the Museu Episcopal de Vic (2014). In addition, he has collaborated in the organization of several exhibitions such as “Pintar fa mil anys. Els colors del Romànic” (31 May-14 December 2014), which was organized by the Museu Episcopal de Vic with the collaboration of the research project MAGISTRI CATALONIAE, the CETEC-patrimoni (IQS-UAB) and the Centre de Restauració de Béns Mobles de Catalunya. Recently, he has been part of the Organizing Committee of the exhibition The Episcopal See of Ègara (5 June 2015 – 28 February 2016).
His researches focus on the study of Romanesque Art – artists, sculpture, mural painting and Romanesque portals–, as well as in the Pilgrimage to Saint James and the spread of St Nicholas’ cult in the Iberian Peninsula. He has presented their research results in various conferences held at the Scuola Superiore Normale of Pisa (Index Magistri Cataloniae. Artisti tra anonimato e firma nella Catalogna e nel bacino Mediterraneo), Perpignan (L’anonymat et la signature des artistes dans la Catalogne et le bassin méditerranéen) and Barcelona (Marginalia, exempla i temes profans en la decoració palatina catalana dels segles XIII i XIV, MNAC 2014). He also participated in the III Romanesque Conference organized by the British Archaeological Association (2014) with the conference An Anglo-Norman at Terrassa? Augustinian Canons and Thomas Becket at the End of the 12th century.
Furthermore, he has published several articles in academic journals such as Iconographica, Ad Limina, Codex Aquilarensis, Cahiers de Saint-Michel de Cuxa, etc. He is member of the scientific committee of Romanico. Moreover, he is editor of Porticvm, Revista d’Estudis Medievals, a journal for young researchers in medieval art and history.
He is general coordinator of this Research Project of the MICINN “Artistas, Patronos y Público. Cataluña y el Mediterráneo (s. XI-XV) – MAGISTRI CATALONIAE” (HAR2011-23015) during the period 2012-2014. Carles Sánchez is also part 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).