Griffin from Arlanza
Most of the Romanesque mural painting that has survived has a religious subject matter, but we also find decoration of a courtly or profane nature in large monastic centres, such as San Pedro de Arlanza in Castile. This fragment comes from a palatine room in the so-called Torre del Tesoro, above the chapter house, where there were zoomorphic representations inspired in the bestiary. Here we see a gryphon, a fabled creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, in a vigilant pose. The style of the paintings in Arlanza is related to other Spanish works of 1200 art clearly influenced by the English miniature, something that can be seen in the refinement and the precision of the motifs, combined with their monumental nature.
First quarter of the 13th century
189.5 x 322 x 4 cm