About the ArtMedGIS project


The aim of the research project Analysis of the Artistic Exchanges in the Medieval Mediterranean between 12th and 15th Centuries through the Geographical Information Systems (GIS): A Critical Review of “Centre” and “Peripheries” (ArtMedGIS Project) is to evaluate the artistic exchanges in the Mediterranean during the late Middle Ages through the Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Start point

The start point is the selection of certain elements of the Islamic art, developed by the Almoravids in the 12th century. It is assumed that Almoravid arts and architecture were not isolated and can be related to other Mediterranean artistic manifestations due to commercial, political and cultural relations.



The importance of this project lies in the revision of concepts, the improvement of the knowledge of societies that lived simultaneously in a given territory through the study of their culture and thought, and the introduction of an innovative method for the Art History research, based on the GIS. All these factors will become Europe a leading intermediary power between East and West, thanks to the comprehension of history, religion and culture of Islamic Mediterranean countries.


To achieve the objectives, study data will be extracted from the historiography, Arab and Latin written sources related to this period, and the artistic funds of the main museum collections with medieval Mediterranean pieces.


The results will be included in a database, a website and several publications, which will be available for the scientific community and the general public.

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María MARCOS COBALEDAMain Researcher
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Maria João BRANCO
Maria João BRANCOSupervisor
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Jean PASSINISupervisor of secondments
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José Miguel PUERTA VÍLCHEZSupervisor of secondments
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The ArtMedGIS project is hosted in the Institute for Medieval Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of NOVA University of Lisbon, and has partnerships with the Laboratoire de Démographie et d’Histoire Sociale and the University of Granada.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship agreement n. 699818.


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