The Courtauld Summer School 2019: Dr Nicola Jennings, ‘Spanish Splendour: The Arts of Iberia 1350–1500’, 15–19 July 2019

The Courtauld Summer School features a variety of week-long intensive art history courses at one of the world’s leading Institutes for the study of art history, conservation and curating. Open to everyone over the age of 18. Click here for more information on the programme. ARTES members may be particularly interested in Spanish Splendour: The Arts of Iberia 1350–1500.

Spanish Splendour: The Arts of Iberia 1350–1500
Dr Nicola Jennings

Image: Gil de Siloé, main altarpiece, detail, 15thcentury, Cartuja de Santa Maria de Miraflores, Burgos, Spain, 
© Nicola Jennings

This course looks at the arts in the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile between 1350 and 1550, a period which saw the establishment of the new kingdom of Spain and the development of traditions of painting, architecture and sculpture which can today be seen in museums, churches and palaces around the world. With visits to the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery, and the British Museum’s print room, the sessions will frame this art in relation to the active part played by Spaniards in political, cultural, and commercial exchange around the Mediterranean and with the Burgundian Netherlands and northern France. Aragon saw both the highpoint and the decline of an extensive political and commercial empire resulting in polyglot works such as the altarpiece of St George at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Castile saw taste for the Islamophile ‘Mudejar’ style give way to so-called ‘Hispano-Flemish’ art such as Bartolomé Bermejo’s Saint Michael vanquishing the Devil at the National Gallery. The arrival in Iberia of increasing numbers of superbly crafted ivories, altarpieces, metalwork and tapestries from the southern Netherlands, of paintings by the likes of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and of prints by Schongauer and Dürer played a key role in this process.

Dr Nicola Jenningshas an MA and a PhD from The Courtauld, where she is currently an Associate Lecturer; she is also Director of the Colnaghi Foundation, London. She previously held positions at the National Gallery and at City University, London. Nicola is a specialist in late-Gothic Spanish art, with a particular research interest in the connections between immigrant French and Flemish and local Spanish artists in fifteenth-century Iberia, and in the works they produced for prominent converts from Judaism.  Her writings include contributions to monographs on Lorenzo Mercadante and Alonso Berruguete, and various articles and book chapters based on her thesis.

Cost:  £555.  For further information please see the websitecourtauld.ac.uk/learn
or contact short.courses@courtauld.ac.uktel:  020 3 9477 650

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