We are pleased to announce that the fifth seminar of our autumn online Research Seminar Series will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 17 November at 6.00 PM, UK time:
Claudia Hopkins, Romantic landscape painting as an Expression of National Fantasy
The Galician artist Genaro Pérez Villaamil (1807-1854), the founder of Spanish landscape painting, enjoyed royal patronage in Spain and attracted international collectors and art critics. His premature death was perceived as a major loss by the Spanish art world and reported in the international press. Yet, today, Villaamil is hardly known outside Spain. This neglect is symptomatic of the general indifference towards nineteenth-century Spanish art, especially in academia and the museum sector outside Spain. The purpose of this talk is therefore twofold: first, it will address the prejudiced positions that underpin the current understanding of the place (or absence) of Spanish artists, such as Villaamil, in narratives of nineteenth-century European art. Second, it will examine Villaamil’s landscape paintings as an expression of a cultural nationalism and consider their significance within the wider context of European painting.
The talk relates to the exhibition España romántica: David Roberts y Genaro Pérez Villaamil (Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 6 Oct. 2021 – 16 Jan. 2022).
The seminar series has been jointly organised by the Zurbarán Centre and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in association with the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes.
The event is free and open to all. Please click here for the full programme and more information on the seminar series.