TOMORROW – ARTES / Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre Autumn 2022 Seminar Series | Dr Francisco Montes, Female Power and Visual Culture in Viceregal America – 30 November, 6pm

Our next Research Seminar will take place on 30 November at 18.00 on zoom:

Dr Francisco Montes, Female Power and Visual Culture in Viceregal America

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of the findings in current research focusing on how the influence exerted by certain women in Spanish colonial society can be measured from the visual field. For this purpose, an extensive iconographic repertoire of casta paintings and sumptuous portraits of aristocrats, chieftains and nuns have been the most eloquent tools to analyze this phenomenon. However, there were other symbolic representations of female power, embodied by distant sovereigns and absent vicereines, which still need to reveal a multiplicity of hidden meanings.

About the speaker: Francisco Montes is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Seville, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Colonial Latin American Art. His research is primarily focused om artistic patronage, ritual festivals and the exchange of images between Spain, Italy and the Iberian Americas during the viceregal period. Montes is author of the books Sevilla Guadalupana. Arte, historia y devoción (2015) and Mecenazgo virreinal y patrocinio artístico. El ducado de Alburquerque en la Nueva España (2016). He is editor of the volume Religiosidad andaluza en América. Repertorio iconográfico (2017). He is a member of the editorial board of Anuario de Estudios Americanos.

To join the event, please register here:

The seminar is organised by the Zurbarán Centre with the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group. It will be chaired by Dr Piers Baker-Bates (The Open University / ARTES).

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