The Versatile Blogger Award: Celebrating Galicia

Thank you Coco from My Galician Garden, 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.