Artes is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Prize. First prize is awarded to Rebekah Lee, a PhD student at the University of York, for her essay ‘Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal and the Courtly Portrayal of Middle Age’. The runner up prize goes to Iñigo Basarrate González de Audikana, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. His essay is entitled ‘The Discovery of Spanish Christian Architecture’. Artes offers its congratulations to the authors for two excellent essays. The prizes were awarded at a special awards ceremony at the Spanish Embassy in London on Thursday 26th March.
LAST MINUTE SPACES NOW AVAILABLE!
Myths of Medieval Spain. Symposium, Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-6.30, Weds 11 March 2015.
Attendance is free, but spaces are limited so you must register – NOW OPEN!
Four papers offer new ideas on a group of well-known sculptures and manuscripts from twelfth- and thirteenth-century Spain, exploring tensions between local and international concerns.
2: Introductory remarks, Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art)
2.10: Rose Walker (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Beatus manuscripts during the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor of England: a response to the fall of Jerusalem?
2.40: Rosa Rodríguez Porto (University of York)
Tvrpinus Domini gratia archiepiscopus: Notes on the Codex Calixtinus
3.10: James D’Emilio (University of South Florida)
The West Portals at Compostela and the Book of St. James: Artistic Eclecticism at a Cosmopolitan Shrine
Javier Martínez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
The voices and the echoes: Saint James, Gregory the Great and Diego Gelmírez in Santiago de Compostela’s Puerta de Platerías
6.30: drinks reception
El Retrato en las Colecciones Reales de Juan de Flandes a Antonio López, exhibition, Palacio Real, Madrid, 4 December 2014 – 19 April 2015.
Paintings and sculptures produced for the Spanish Court. Includes Ribera’s Don Juan Jose de Austria on Horseback; and the contemporary group portrait of the present royal family by Antonio Lopez, which apparently took 10 years to complete.
Curators’ comments on selected highlights
360 degree views of 8 of the sculpted portraits
Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America. Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, 7 December 2014 – 27 February 2016.
During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Displaying their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry.
A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire, New long-term installation, Art Institute of Chicago, till 26 February 2016.
The museum’s first presentation of work from the viceregal period. Fourteen paintings and related works on paper introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
The metaphorical guide of this journey is Antonio de Ulloa (1716–95), a Spanish naval officer and cartographer who traveled to South America with a French scientific mission in the 1730s and 1740s. His portrait introduces the group of works assembled—paintings of identified sitters, signal works by important South American artists, and devotional paintings that include historical figures.
Goya: Order and Disorder, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Exhibition closes 19 January 2015.
exhibition dedicated to Spanish master Francisco Goya (1746–1828).
The largest retrospective of the artist to take place in America in 25 years, this exhibition features 170 paintings, prints and drawings. It includes many loans from Europe and the US, including 21 works from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, along with loans from the Musée du Louvre, the Galleria degli Uffizi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington) and private collections. Also on display are some 60 works from the MFA’s collection of Goya’s works on paper.
The exhibition catalogue includes texts by Stephanie Loeb Stepanek, Frederick Ilchman, Janis A. Tomlinson, Clifford S. Ackley, Jane E. Braun, Manuela B. Mena Marqués, Gudrun Maurer, Elisabetta Polidori, Sue W. Reed, Benjamin Weiss, Juliet Wilson-Bareau.
El Greco in New York (New York, Metropolitan Museum). Exhibition closes 1st February 2015.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, New York’s Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
The Frick Collection is displaying its El Greco paintings contemporaneously in the exhibition El Greco at the Frick Collection.