Congratulations to our ARTES CEEH Scholars of 2022!

ARTES is delighted to announce the winners of their 2022 scholarships, with tremendous gratitude to CEEH for their support. Reports of many previous scholars can be found here


Irini Picolou, Durham University: £877.52

Female Martyrdom in The Altarpiece of Saint Engracia by Bartolomé Bermejo

The Altarpiece of Saint Engracia by Bartolomé Bermejo, c. 1474. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Bartolomé Bermejo (active 1474–98), a painter in the Crown of Aragon, produced the Altarpiece of Saint Engracia (1472–74) in Daroca. The altarpiece has since been dispersed, with the central panel and Arrest of Saint Engracia displayed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and San Diego Museum of Fine Art, and the Flagellation in the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao. Only the predella, the Crucifixion, and the Imprisonment remain in the Museum of Daroca. The objective of my study is to trace the altarpiece’s production for a thesis chapter which examines female sanctity in relation to Engracia’s martyrdom.

Kirk Patrick Hilario Testa, Courtauld Institute of Art: £1000

Tracing the Spanish Roots of the Santo Niño de Cebu

The Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo: Kirk Patrick Hilario Testa

My Courtauld MA dissertation focuses on the contemporary articulations of a sacred object called the Santo Niño de Cebu. This Flemish-style statue was brought to the Philippines in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan. Current scholarship on the Santo Niño de Cebu focuses on what happened after Spanish-Filipino contact. My goal for this research project is to trace the history of the object in the Spanish context before it was brought to the Philippines.


Nausheen Hoosein, University of York: £3000

From Umayyad Madinat al-Zahra to Almohad Seville: The Reuse of Architectural Spolia in al-Andalus during the 12th century

Capitals, 10th Century, Marble. La Giralda, Cathedral of Seville (formerly the minaret of the Almohad Mosque of Seville, completed 1198), Seville, Spain (Photo: Nausheen Hoosein)

The plunder and re-use of Umayyad spolia, particularly capitals, in Almohad architecture remains understudied- although much has been written about the re-use of antiquities in the West, the same cannot be said of Islamic Spain. This project deploys an integrated text- and material-based analysis to examine two significant Almohad sites, La Giralda and Alcázar, in Seville. The project situates the sites within the renewed field of medieval Islamic spolia studies and proposes that the Almohad reuse of Umayyad marble was not a practical or triumphant one, but instead a deliberate programme of religious and political assertion of Almohad rule.


Paula Martín Rodríguez, Universidad de Sevilla: £3000

Isidro Gálvez: a botanical artist from 18th-century Spain

Drawing of an Embothrium emarginatum by Isidro Gálvez (Photo: Archivo del Real Jardin Botanico, FONDO REAL EXPEDICION BOTANICA AL VIRREINATO DEL PERU)

My thesis examines the figure of Isidro Gálvez, a Spanish botanical artist who dedicated his life to illustrating the Flora peruviana et chilensis, one of several Spanish botanists and draughtsmen in the project. They produced a great number of botanical illustrations that are mainly kept in the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. To complete my research and achieve a holistic vision of the work of Gálvez and his colleagues in an expedition to Peru and Chile I need to conduct my research in several English archives.

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