2023 Jonathan Brown Award Winner – Romantic Spain: David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil

published by the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the CEEH and the Instituto Ceán Bermúdez; 2021

ARTES would like to extend a warm congratulations to Dr. Claudia Hopkins, an active member and the inaugural winner of the 2023 Jonathan Brown Award for her work Romantic Spain: David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil, a richly illustrated catalogue that accompanied an exhibition of the same name at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (2021 – 2022).

A comprehensive study on the relation between Roberts and Pérez Villaamil, the publication combines an impressive array of around 120 objects and critical scholarship by twelve contributors. At once a thorough and nuanced examination of artistic and archival material, the catalog offers an important critical revision of Iberian Orientalism.

Dr. Claudia Hopkins is Professor and Director of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University. Before joining Durham in 2020, she was Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and co-editor of the Getty-funded journal Art in Translation. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish art and Anglo-Spanish cultural relations. In 2009, she made substantial contributions to the exhibition The Discovery of Spain: British Artists and Collectors. Goya to Picasso, National Gallery of Scotland. She is author of articles, book chapters and edited volumes, a.o. Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist (2009, with C. Álvarez-Millán), Orientalism and Spain (with A. McSweeney, 2017), Hot Art, Cold War (2 vols., 2020, with I.B. Whyte). Her monograph The Orient Within: Spanish Art and Identity 1833-1956 is forthcoming.

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