ARTES-CEEH Travel Scholarships 2023!

ARTES is delighted to announce the winners of our annual travel scholarships, generously supported by CEEH.

Philip Muijtjens, Cambridge University – £750 for travel to Burgos

A Spanish Patron in Fifteenth-Century Rome and Burgos: Bishop Juan Díaz de Coca (d.1477)

Born into a family of conversos, Juan Díaz de Coca (1389-1477) started his ecclesiastical career in Burgos and worked his way up to the papal court in Rome. During his life, Juan remained an important contact for political and artistic patronage between the Cathedral of Burgos, his alma mater, and the papal circles of Rome. As a result, Juan can be connected to several important instances of patronage in both cities. This project focuses on newly found documentary evidence on Juan de Coca’s artistic patronage in Burgos and Rome.

Images: Marble tomb slab of Bishop Juan Díaz de Coca (d.1477) and Funerary monument of Bishop Juan Díaz de Coca, Chapel of San Raimondo de Penafort, Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome. Ca.1470 © Soprintendenza per i beni artistici e storici del Lazio.

Megan Smith, Durham University – £850 for travel to Madrid, Toledo and Seville

In Ictu Oculi: Curation, Representation and Facsimiles in the Factum Foundation Display at Bishop Auckland’s Spanish Gallery

The Factum Foundation’s display in Bishop Auckland’s Spanish Gallery is the focus of my undergraduate dissertation. Factum have produced facsimiles of selected early modern Spanish works to create an immersive display intended to give a glimpse into the Spanish ‘Golden Age’. My research analyses Factum’s curatorial approach regarding the selection of artworks for replication, their assembly in an artificial gallery environment, and the meanings the works acquire in facsimile format and outside their original context. My project examines how visitors understand early modern Spain through the exhibit, and the effectiveness of a full-facsimile display of Spanish art in England.


The ‘In Ictu Oculi: In the Blink of an Eye’ exhibit created by Factum Foundation at the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland. Everything on display is a facsimile of an in-situ artwork or architectural element in Spain; these tiles are facsimiles of ceramics in the Casa de Pilatos in Seville, and the ceiling is a replica of Mudejar architectural style. Factum’s exhibit displays these pieces in a new context, whilst retaining the details of the originals. 

© James Morris,

Belén Jimenez recording Finis Gloriae Mundi by Juan de Valdés Leal with the Factum Foundation’s non-contact 3D Scanner, in the chapel of the Hospital de la Caridad in Seville. This is the first step in the process of creating the facsimile of the artwork. My research will consider how this in-situ hanging of the painting differs from the installation of its facsimile counterpart in the Spanish Gallery. 

© Factum Foundation,

The facsimile of the above artwork, Valdés Leal’s Finis Gloriae Mundi, installed in the Factum Foundation exhibit in the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland. 

© James Morris,

Helena Santidrián Mas, Courtauld Institute of Art – £400 for travel to Santiago de Compostela

Two Annunciations from the Museo de la Catedral de Santiago de Compostela reconsidered: iconography, original placement and current display.

The aim of this project is to study two sculptural groups originally placed in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, now held in its museum. One of them was made by a local workshop, the other one in Coimbra and probably brought to Santiago by Saint Isabel of Portugal in 1325. Their location inside the church and its chapels has changed over the centuries. The objective of my research is to reconstruct these location changes and the causes that provoked.


A. Attributed to Mestre Pero (Coimbra, Portugal), Annunciation, c. 1325, polychromed limestone. Museo Catedral de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain © Fundación Catedral de Santiago

B. Workshop of Santiago de Compostela, Annunciation, first half of the XIII century, granite, rests of polychromy. Museo Catedral de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain © Fundación Catedral de Santiago

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: