Ph.D. Harvard University
Francisco Prado-Vilar is Scientific Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Program for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and Director of Cultural and Artistic Projects at Harvard’s Real Colegio Complutense. His research has focused on diverse aspects of the arts and cultures of medieval Europe, including the influence of Classical art in medieval sculpture; issues of style, iconography, performativity, reception, and historiography in Romanesque and Gothic monumental programs; and the social and political significance of courtly portable objects as agents of diplomatic and cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean. His work on the Santiago Cathedral Project focuses specifically on the twelfth-century western narthex, also known as the Pórtico de la Gloria (Portal of Glory). In collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, conservation specialists, and graduate students from Spain, Italy, Germany, and the United States, he has overseen a series of fellowships, conferences, publications, and exhibitions sponsored by the Barrié and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations.