Book Review: Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century Page: 117
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Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, Vol. 5, Iss. 1 
The direction of the guided tour provided by our author begins with the East gallery,
moving to the north, past the Chapter Room, toward the "hub" of activity at the much-debated
Puerta de las Virgenes, (Figure 1) located under the arm of the church's north transept at the
northeast corner of the cloister. Arguing that the capitals along this alley, with their various
animals and knotted interlace, would have reminded the monks of the price one pays for
misbehavior, del Alamo suggests that these sculptural images would have signaled the virtues of
self-control and discipline, no doubt a hallmark of the lessons reiterated within the chapter
meetings. Appropriately, this northward journey brought the monk to the northeast set of pier
reliefs depicting The Descent from the Cross, and then The Entombment as one turns the corner.
Linking these images to themes of Resurrection and Triumph over Death, del Alamo brings the
pilgrim into the picture, noting the correlation between these themes and the pilgrim's
destination--Domingo's original burial site just to the west on the north gallery. Indicative of the
4, . level of detail found throughout the book is her
intriguing analysis of the Three Marys in The
-Entombment relief. (Figure 2) She compares this
imagery to the description of the liturgical
Figure 2 The Entombment Relief. Monasterio de
Santo Domingo de Silos. Photo: Wikimedia
f f , _Commons
office for Easter found in a Breviary and an
Antiphonary, both of which were rubricated for
liturgical performance, and both produced at Silos
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Abel, Mickey S. Book Review: Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century, review, 2015; Gambier, Ohio. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1213683/m1/4/: accessed March 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.