TONIGHT: Zurbaran Centre-ARTES Seminar | José Ramón Marcaida, Painters’ artimañas. Ingenuity and technique in the age of Velázquez, 9 February 2022, 6.00 PM

A brief reminder that the fifth seminar of our 2022 online Research Seminar Series will take place today at 6.00 PM, UK time.   

José Ramón Marcaida, Painters’ artimañas. Ingenuity and technique in the age of Velázquez

Using the early modern notion of ingenuity (ingenio, in Spanish) as a vantage point, this paper will explore a number of interconnected themes associated with the practice of painting – matters of technique, in particular– in seventeenth-century Spain. In invoking the notion of ingenuity, my aim is to emphasise not only issues of creativity and invention but also, and especially, resourcefulness and craftiness. Thus, in this account artists will be characterised as cunning manipulators of materials and procedures, that is, masters of art and artfulness working for an audience familiarised with, and appreciative of, demonstrations of skill and finesse.

José Ramón Marcaida is a professor at the Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

The session will be moderated by Piers Baker-Bates, chair of ARTES.

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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.

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