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PhD ‘Zurbarán Scholarship’ for the Study of Spanish Art, Durham University, Deadline 31st March

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University invites applications for a doctoral scholarship in Spanish art-historical studies, commencing in the academic year 2021/22. The scholarship has been created thanks to the generous support of the CEEH (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica) in association with ARTES and The Auckland Project. It supports research focusing on Spanish art from the Golden Age to around 1900, including the reception of Spanish art in Britain. The scholarship is tenable for three years full-time (or five years part-time). It is worth £20,000 per year over the course of three years.

For the full details of the scholarship, please see:

The application deadline is 31 March 2021.

Applicants are advised to contact Professor Claudia Hopkins, the Director of the Zurbarán Centre ( in advance of the deadline.

NIGEL GLENDINNING LECTURE: Jesús Escobar (Northwestern University), “All Roads Lead to the Plaza de Palacio: Architecture and Ceremony in Habsburg Madrid”, 17 March, 6-7pm, via Zoom

An annual event in honour of the great Hispanist Nigel Glendinning, organised by ARTES and the Instituto Cervantes. Part of the twelve-part seminar series hosted by ARTES and the Zurbarán Centre at Durham University.

17th March 2021, 18:00 to 19:00

Used by people of all classes and fronted by the architectural seat of imperial government, the Plaza de Palacio was the preeminent space of power in Habsburg Madrid. In the 1670s, during the regency of Mariana of Austria, it was lined with arcades and adorned with sculpture. This talk explores the plaza’s design within the context of late seventeenth-century European urbanism, demonstrating that its transformation reflects Madrid’s evolving image as the capital of an empire.

Jesús Escobar is Associate Professor at Northwestern University, Chicago. He arrived at Northwestern in 2008 and chaired the Department of Art History for seven years between 2010 and 2018. He is a scholar of art, architecture, and urbanism in early modern Spain and the larger Spanish Habsburg world. His first book, The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paperback, 2009), explored the interchange of architecture and politics in the evolution of Madrid from a secondary city of Castile to the seat of a global empire in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The book won the Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies and was published in a Spanish-language edition in 2008 by Editorial Nerea. His second book, Habsburg Madrid: Architecture and the Spanish Monarchy (Penn State University Press, forthcoming in 2022), examines government buildings and public spaces built and shaped between 1620 and 1700 from local, regional, and global vantage points. Other recent and ongoing projects consider the monastery-palace of El Escorial, transatlantic Renaissance and Baroque religious architecture in the Spanish Empire, and the historiography of seventeenth-century architecture in Spain. With Michael Schreffler of the University of Notre Dame, he is at work on another book tentatively titled Architecture in the Spanish World, 1500 to 1800.

Booking is essential. Please email the Zurbarán Centre ( to register and to receive a zoom link.

Please click here for more information about the ARTES/ Zurbarán Centre seminar series.

Image: Nicolas Guérard I, after Felipe Pallota, Aspecto del Real Palacio de Madrid, 4 de Marzo de 1704, The British Museum, no. 1859,0514.341.104, ©The Trustees of the British Museum.

REMINDER: Two Day Online Conference – Velázquez and the Spanish Prince: Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School, Starting TOMORROW

Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School, c. 1640 – c. 1645, Wallace Collection

Date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March 2021
Times: 15.00-18.00 each day
Location: Zoom (online)

Drawing together an international panel of eminent scholars working on the Spanish Habsburg Court and Spanish art, this two-session conference focuses on one of the best-loved paintings at the Wallace Collection, Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School.

Please click here for more information, including the full programme and how to register.

TONIGHT: Jonathan Ruffer (The Auckland Project), ‘Juan Bautista Maíno – A Great Artist At The Spanish Gallery, Bishop Auckland’, ARTES and Zurbarán Centre Seminar Series, 6-7pm

Booking is essential. Email to register and to receive a zoom link.

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Exhibition ‘Funk Fiction’ at Casa de las Conchas, Spain: VIRTUAL TOUR, SEMINAR (24 Feb), and WORKSHOP (25 Feb)

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of ‘Funk Fiction’, a video Installation by Brazilian Artist Henrique Fagundes, showing at the Casa de las Conchas Palace in Salamanca, Spain.



To learn more about Henrique Fagundes’ art practice and its relationship to the broader context of Brazilian art join the following didactic initiatives:

SEMINAR (in Spanish)

‘Not Only Carnival: Brazilian Culture between the Symbols of the Nation, Cultural Hybridisation and the Struggle Against Stereotypes’




WORKSHOP (in Spanish)

‘Internet, Appropriation and Remix as Artistic Power’




CANCELLED : 6.00 PM ARTES/ Zurbarán Centre seminar – Roberto Conduru : Magic, crime and art in early 20th century Afro-Brazilian religions (17/2/21)

Unfortunately tonight’s seminar by Professor Roberto Conduru is cancelled due to the power cuts in Dallas where the speaker is based.

We hope to re-schedule the seminar at a later date. We will post updates here on the ARTES site when we have more information.

ONLINE TALK AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION – Meet the Expert: Velázquez or Mazo? Philip IV Court Painters

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Time: 13.00-14.00 GMT

Location: Zoom (Online)

Speakers: Natalia Muñoz-Rojas (Enrique Harris Frankford Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection) and Patricia Manzano Rodríguez (PhD Candidate, Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, Durham University)

The Wallace Collection has eight paintings attributed to Velázquez and his school. Yet, few of them have a firm attribution. This is partly due to how little is known about Velázquez’s school, studio and assistants. Juan Bautista del Mazo is the only assistant about whom more is known.

Patricia Manzano Rodríguez is currently working on the first monograph on Del Mazo, which aims to unravel his oeuvre from that of his master. Natalia Muñoz-Rojas will ask her about her research and findings, and their conversation may even cause us to reassess the figure of Mazo and our perception of his work.

Registration and Location: This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and YouTube.

Please click here to register for zoom:ázquez-or-mazo-philip-iv-court-painters/

CEEH Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings at The National Gallery

This post, supported by the CEEH (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica), is a 22 month traineeship for someone who has a good scholarly art historical background in European paintings and a special interest in Spanish paintings, who wishes to pursue a museum career. The Curatorial Fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in a full range of curatorial activities, including special projects, with a particular focus on Spanish paintings in the period 1450 to post-1800.

To apply or for more information, please see:

ONLINE SEMINAR: Material Culture and Identity: The Moriscos in Early Modern Iberia, 02 March 2021, 12.30-2.00pm

Image: Christoph Weiditz, The Morisco Dance, Das Trachtenbuch (1529). Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg.

The Centres for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) & for Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (CMEMW) warmly invite you to the seminar 

 Material Culture and Identity: The Moriscos in Early Modern Iberia  

Professor Borja Franco (Honorary Research Fellow at CILAVS) 

Chair and mini response: Michael Pope (Cultures & Languages, PhD student) 

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 from 12.30 to 2.00pm Live Online  

Book your place now. 

The Christian conquest of Granada (1492) triggered the conversion and acculturation of Muslims living in the Iberian Peninsula, who were henceforth known as “Moriscos”. As this process did not unfold in a uniform fashion, Christian doctrine was unevenly assimilated across the territory. Records of material culture in Morisco homes can shed light on the extent of religious conversion in the different geographical areas.   

Inventories of New Christian homes were traditionally compiled without reference to their counterparts among Old Christians who were subjecting and converting the Moriscos to Christianity. It is therefore important to study Old and New Christian inventories in parallel to identify any points of contact between them. On the one hand, this research will reveal how Moriscos projected their identity onto personal possessions, including devotional figures which would in fact have represented very unusual choices among Old Christians. On the other, it will show a clear hybridization of customs, as evidenced by the many objects associated to Medieval Islamic tradition found in Old Christian homes, such as adargas (shields), almalafas (robes), ‘Morisco style’ furniture, etc. The aim of this presentation is, firstly, to explore the defining features that set these two communities apart as revealed by both Old and New Christian material culture; and secondly, to learn how such objects were perceived, based on extant descriptions. Taken in combination, these sources can shed light on aspects of daily life among these coexisting communities, the way they made their different identities visible, and their emotional practices. 

Borja Franco Llopis is a Professor at the Department of Art History in the UNED (Spain). His research is devoted to the visual and literary representation of the otherness in Southern Europe. He has been a visiting scholar in several prestigious institutions such as the School of History and Archaeology in Rome, the Instituto Storico per el Medievo (Rome), the Warburg Institute (London), Johns Hopkins University, University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University, Columbia University, Universidade Nova of Lisbon and NYU; and Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Art History in the UNED (Spain), the PI of the research group “Before Orientalism. Images of the Muslim Other in Iberia (15-17th Centuries) and their Mediterranean connections” and working Group Leader of the Cost Action 18129: Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean. He has recently published the monographs titled: Pintando al converso: la imagen del morisco en la peninsula ibérica (1492-1614) (Cátedra, 2019), and Etnicità e conversione. Immagini di moriscos nella cultural visuale dell’età moderna (Affinità Elettive, 2020). He has also co-edited the book: Muslim and Jews made Visible in Christian Iberia and beyond (14-18th centuries) (Brill 2019). 

The event is free, but booking is required.

RECORDING: Yarí Pérez Marín, ‘Illustrating medical treatment in colonial Latin America’. Online talk for the Research Seminar Series organized by ARTES and the Zurbarán Centre For Spanish and Latin American Art

Recording of a talk delivered online on January 27th, 2021 as part of the research seminar series organized by Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre For Spanish and Latin American Art with ARTES Iberian & Visual Culture Group, with the collaboration of Instituto Cervantes in the UK

This talk was delivered as part of a series of 12 research seminars, many of which will also be recorded and available on the ARTES site.

The weekly sessions usually take place on Wednesdays, 6.00-7.00pm, except the fourth session scheduled for Tuesday, 2 February. The talks last ca. 40 minutes and are followed by Q&A.

The series is free and open to all with an interest in the visual arts. Booking is essential. Please email the Zurbarán Centre ( to register and to receive a zoom link. Please note registration closes 24 hours before the seminar.

Please click here for more details