27 July 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award: Celebrating Galicia

Thank you Coco from My Galician Garden, mygaliciangarden.blogspot.com for nominating Porcelains and Peacocks to The Versatile Blogger Award. Rather than follow the rules of the award I will use this post to honor the culture of Galicia, Spain.


Located to the north of Portugal, the Galician language is descended from the Romance language Galician-Portuguese of the Middle Ages. From the twelfth to fourteenth centuries Galician-Portuguese was used to write the lyric poetry of Spain and Portugal. The Cantigas de Santa Maria were manuscripts written in Galician-Portuguese during the rein of Alonso X of Castile (1221-1264). The songs all mention the Virgin Mary and some are accompanied by colored miniatures showing musicians playing a wide variety of instruments. The language was also utilized for the Cantiga d'amigo, medieval erotic love poetry. Love is the theme of Galician painter's Xesús Rodríguez Corredoira (1889-1939) Love and its Pain which was influenced by the work of El Greco. A sixteenth century illustration of the coat of arms of the Galicia kingdom depicts a covered chalice on an azure field scattered with gold crosses.

3 comments:

  1. versatile and unique- I like your approach here. pgt

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  2. Thank you PGT, I hope you are having a lovely Summer. Best, Kendra

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  3. You´re more than welcome! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and look forward to more.

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