Elías Tormo y Monzó (1869-1957)
He graduated from the University of Valencia with a degree in Law and Philology and he earned his doctoral degrees in both disciplines from the Central University of Madrid in 1890.
He served as Professor of Natural Law in Santiago (1897) and later as Professor of Theory of Literature and Arts, which would eventually become History of Arts, in Salamanca, Granada and Madrid (1904)
He had a conservative ideology and held leadership positions as Deputy of Congress, Senator and Member of the National Assembly. He also served in leadership roles at the university until he served as Rector from 1929 to 1930. After this experience, he was appointed as Minister of Public Instruction from 1930 to 1931.
As a Professor of History and Arts and a member of the Governing Board of the Prado Museum, he was connected to the Centre of Historical Studies. Together with Manuel Gomez-Moreno, he contributed to consolidating History of Art as an academic discipline.