The Mudejar and Euclidean geometry or plane geometry

This fieldwork stay deals with the plastic study of the Aragonese Mudejar in the area of the Mudejar Territory and, by extension, in the province of Zaragoza. The project has made it possible to collect and study Mudejar layouts, studying them in depth and with geometric rigour. It has also established similarities between them or with others outside the working area.

In total, around 50 graphic works have been produced, combining diverse technical exercises in strapwork and plasterwork with interior and exterior architectural views. The result is a graphic archive never before developed which allows Territorio Mudéjar to have a collection of Mudejar images for subsequent publications.

The project The Mudejar and Euclidean geometry or plane geometry is fundamental in order to compile the visual richness present in this artistic manifestation declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is unique in the world.

The working methodology has focused on the analysis of photographs, from which measurements and execution systems have been calculated. Linking points, centres, sets of parallels and patterns have been gathered. Also, an attempt was made to recover the geometric solutions used by the Mudejar masters and their sources of inspiration.
The objectives of the project were the following:

  • To study the use of plane geometry in Aragonese Mudejar solutions.
  • To interrelate these solutions between different architectural buildings.
  • To address the existing gap in the constructive and compilation study of the different strapwork and plasterwork techniques.
  • To boost knowledge of the visual richness of Mudejar art.
  • To bring together a collection of artistic creations that will serve Territorio Mudéjar have its own archive.
The rich graphic work created during this stay studies geometric motifs from the church of Santa María de Tobed, the church of Saints Justa and Rufina and the church of Santa María de Maluenda, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in Utebo, the church of San Martín de Tours in Morata de Jiloca, the church of Santa Tecla in Cervera de la Cañada, the church of San Félix in Torralba de Ribota, the collegiate church of Santa María and the churches of San Andrés and San Benito in Calatayud, the palace of the Luna family in Daroca, and the church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo in Aniñón, and relates them to others in the province, the peninsula and the Middle East.
The results, plastic art objects in themselves, will be the subject of different exhibition projects and special editions over the coming months.
LINE OF RESEARCH: New perspectives on Mudejar art.

THE AUTHOR: Chema Agustín.

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