We are delighted to announce that the next Zurbarán Centre-ARTES Research Seminar will take place on 20 February at 18.00 (GMT), on zoom: 

Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto, “The library of the Marquis of Santillana (d. 1458) and the cultural networks of the European Renaissance”.

Don Iñigo López de Mendoza, Altarpiece of Buitrago, Jorge Ingles, c.1455

The talk relates to the exhibition El Marqués de Santillana: Imágenes y letras (Museo Nacional del Prado and the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Oct. 2022- Jan. 2023) and will focus on the books commissioned by Íñigo López de Mendoza, Marquis of Santillana, one of the most prominent figures of early Castilian Humanism. Although the relevance of his library was already acknowledged in a pioneering study by Mario Schiff (1905), art historians have tended to pay more attention to the manuscripts produced for Santillana in Castile. And yet, the books he acquired or commissioned in France and most notably in Italy, allow us to reconstruct the dense network of political, family and cultural connections behind his eclectic patronage, and to understand how his leading role in the introduction of new visual languages in Castile granted him a towering position among the other Castilian magnates.

About the speaker: 

Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto is Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Southern Denmark. She has worked extensively on late medieval book illumination, medieval Iberian courtly art and the classical tradition in the Middle Ages. Her latest publication is “La biblioteca del Marqués de Santillana “, for the catalogue of the exhibition El Marqués de Santillana: Imágenes y letras, shown at the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Oct. 2022-Jan.2023. 

To join the seminar, please click on this zoom link (or copy and paste it into your browser ) –  


Meeting ID: 937 0297 1057

Passcode: 612894

The seminar has been organised by the Zurbarán Centre and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group. 

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