Study Day: Global Middle Ages: Hibridación artística e intercambio en el Mediterráneo medieval


Global Middle Ages
Hibridación artística e intercambio en el Mediterráneo medieval


La caiguda de Jerusalem en 1187 i la pèrdua d’Atenes pels catalans en 1388 marquen dos segles convulsos de moviment i expansió dels diferents estats llatins del Mediterrani que propiciaren com mai la mobilitat i transferència artística entre llatins, grecs, musulmans i cristians orientals. Tant la “protecció” i la peregrinació als Llocs Sants com la creació de noves rutes d’expansió militar i comercial portaren la Corona Catalano-Aragonesa a ciutats com Venècia, Pisa o Gènova, a afavorir diferents processos d’apropiació del sagrat, a l’adquisició de botins de guerra, o a l’intercanvi de regals de significació político-dinàstica o diplomàtica.

Es tracta d’un intercanvi que va en dues direccions, i que propicià interesants processos d’aculturació i introjecció artística fins ara no suficientment explorats per la historiografia i que han de ser entesos dins del paradigma d’una Global Middle Ages.

Manuel Castiñeiras
Carles Sánchez

Projecte de recerca Movilidad y transferencia artística en el Mediterráneo medieval (1187-1388): artistas, objetos y modelos. MAGISTRI MEDITERRANEI (MICINN HAR2015-63883-P) de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

 28 d’abril 2017  
Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Sala de Graus
Més informació Programa de la Jornada Internacional

La construcció de la catedral medieval (Barcelona)

2017-02-magistricataloniaeLa construcció de la catedral medieval
Magistri Cataloniae

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres
Sala de Graus

31 de març de 2017


9:00 Presentació de la Jornada

La catedral i els recursos

9:15 Daniel Rico (UAB) Fundavit, struxit, dotavit, deinde dicavit: La construcción poética de la arquitectura en la Alta Edad Media
10:00 Carles Sánchez (UAB) La gestión financera de la construcción en las catedrales románicas hispanas: el caso de Santiago de Compostela
10:45 Philipe Bernardi (CNRS, París) Salaires et conditions de travail dans le bâtiment en France à la fin du Moyen Âge

11:30 Debat
11:45 Pausa-cafè

Els homes

12:15 Emilie Mineo (Université de Poitiers) La firma di B. di Tréviers alla cattedrale di Maguelone
13:00 Emma Liaño (Catedrática de Universidad. Historia del Arte) Ser arquitecto o escultor en el siglo XIV: Reinard de Fonoll y Aloy de Montbray

13:45 Debat

14:00 Manuel Castiñeiras (Director del Departament d’Art i de Musicologia de la UAB) Resum i conclusions de la jornada

Organitza: Departament d’Art i de Musicologia de la UAB amb la col·laboració de l’Institut d’Estudis Medievals

Direcció científica: Carles Sánchez

Activitat gratuïta
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Black African Spain in the time of Murillo, a talk by LUIS MÉNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ

2017-02-blackafricanspainBlack African Spain in the time of Murillo
University of Seville (Spain)

Friday, 24 February 2017, 6.00-7.30pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD


This talk analyzes the cultural history of slavery and the Black African presence in the Spain of the Golden Age, in relation to the paintings of Murillo. During the seventeenth century, Spanish culture had a greater influence of the black population. This paper studies the concept of identity and visibility in Hispanic society and culture, through the presence in the baroque festival of black populations, the theatrical representations in which they conformed as a social role and their presence in the artistic field. It studies the role of the slaves in painting workshops and how they appeared in art. Finally, the paper explores how Murillo had slaves and participated as Velázquez in the formation of a slave painter, in his case called Sebastián Martínez. The talk also covers how Murillo painted the black African population living in Seville.

Luis Méndez Rodríguez holds a Doctorate in History of Art from the University of Seville, where he is Associate Professor of History of Art. His Phd thesis, analyzing Diego Velázquez and the Humanism Culture in Seville, was awarded the Focus Prize, and published in 2005. He completed his research training in the Hertziana Library in Rome, The Warburg Institute in London and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. His research has mainly been concerned with painting and culture in the Modern Age, the visual representation of slavery and black Africans in Spain, as well as the identity and Andalusian culture of the XIX. He directs the Research Group “Artistic Image of Andalusia”. He has curated the exhibitions “The photographic heritage of the province of Seville”, “Time in the look. The Photo Library of the University of Seville and the Cultural Heritage of its municipalities”(2012), “Carmona. History and Heritage “(2013), “Yesos. Gipsoteca of the University of Seville” (2015) and “Seville through the photography 1839-1929″(2016). He has been director of the Secretariat of Historical Artistic Heritage of the University of Seville (2014-2016) and is currently Director General of Culture and Heritage at the University of Seville.

All welcome but booking is required (click here to book).

BSS Event – Private View – Art Revolutionaries: Homage to the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic 1937 – Wed 8 Feb 2017 – 6.30-8.00 pm


British Spanish Society Event

Private view  – Art Revolutionaries: Homage to the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic, 1937
– paintings and sculptures from Picasso, Miró and Calder – with a talk at 7.00pm by Director, Jordí Mayoral.

Date: Wednesday 8th February 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Venue: Mayoral at 6 Duke Street, St. James’, London SW1Y 6BN

Tickets: British Spanish Society Members £15 – Non Members and Friends of Members £20.

ARTES Members are entitled to be members of the BSS for £15 (Join here)
BSS Members are entitled to be members of ARTES for £20 (Join here)
Click here to book your tickets.

CFP: The Artistic Heritage of al-Andalus (Berlin, October 2017)

2017-01-carljusti-logoCFP: The Artistic Heritage of al-Andalus (Berlin, 27-28 Oct 17)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, October 27 – 28, 2017

Deadline: 28 February 2017

The distinction between own and foreign culture plays a pivotal role in the making of religious, ethnic, and national identities. This was demonstrated by Bernd Roeck in his 2007 introduction to the forth volume in the series Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe. Forging European Identities, 1400-1700. Only the resurgence of a majority society and its demarcation against a minority society enables the forming of identity. But what happens in a multi-confessional and multi-ethnic society like the one that existed on the Iberian Peninsula until 1614? Can the foreign repertoire be distinguished clearly from the own at all, or has it not rather become part of a mutual cultural reality?

The history of Spain is defined by phases of cultural opening and seclusion. Whereas Alfonso X and Pedro I furthered the integration of al-Andalus’ art and architecture into the national narrative through their pro-Islamic cultural policy, the staging of a unified Catholic culture became the central topic of painting, sculpture and architecture during the Counter-Reformation. Only from the 18th century, a re-valorisation of the Islamic heritage in al-Andalus took place. Its part in forming a Spanish national identity was subject to controversial discussion on the background of changing historic and political necessities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Simultaneously, architects of the time advertised the Moorish Revival and helped Ibero-Islamic architecture to gain global centre stage. The Alhambrismo not only became one of the most favoured interior styles of the 19th century, but also dominated the Great Exhibitions which regularly took place after 1851. Besides Spain, Prussia (1867), Brazil (1876), or Mexico (1884) presented themselves with a Neo-Moorish exhibition pavilion.

This year’s annual conference of the Carl Justi Association aims to examine selectively the importance of al-Andalus for the forming of national identity from the Middle Ages to the present age. Papers on the following thematic emphases are requested:

– Exchange and confrontation during the Reconquista (1085-1492)
– Stating of a unified Catholic culture during Counterreformation
– Re-valorisation and historiographic debate in the 18th/19th centuries
– Franquismo and national renewal in the 20th/21st centuries

Presentations will have a duration of 20 mins. Languages of the conference are German, Spanish, English. Please send your abstract of max. 300 words and a short curriculum vitae to:

Lecture: Tom Nickson on ‘Sensing the Holy: Architecture and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Spain’

10-toledo-cathedral-11The London Society for Medieval Studies is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, January 24th at 7.00pm by:

Tom Nickson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) presenting on: ‘Sensing the Holy: Architecture and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Spain’.

Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement, Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU).

All those who are interested in Medieval Studies are very welcome to attend!