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More News from ARTES Scholars

ARTES warmly congratulates Ignacio J. López Hernández on a successful viva of his PhD thesis, and on the publication of a monograph based on his doctoral research, Ingeniería e ingenieros en Matanzas. Defensa y obras públicas entre 1693 y 1868 (Seville: Athenaica, 2019). Ignacio’s research was supported by ARTES through an ARTES Coll&Cortés Travel Scholarship which allowed him to conduct research at the University of Lincoln in 2017. This stay in the UK also helped Ignacio shape his current postdoctoral project at the Politecnico di Torino.

ARTES accepts applications for a number of awards each year, including an essay prize and travel scholarships. We also collaborate with CEEH to support PhD scholarships at The Courtauld Institute of Art and Durham University. Click here for more information on our awards. 

ARTES is a Registered Charity (no. 1112883) dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture. You can support our work by becoming a member of our friendly, enthusiastic and international community.


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200 Years of the Museo del Prado, 1819–2019

On 19 November 1819 Ferdinand VII of Spain inaugurated the Museo Real de Pinturas. Over the following two centuries, the new institution would turn into the Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the world’s most visited museums with an unparalleled collection of around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures.

The Museum will celebrate its anniversary with several exhibitions and events over the course of the year. Highlights of the programme are:

Current exhibitions

Museo del Prado 1819–2019. A place of memory, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, until 10 March 2019

lmd8988This exhibition opens the anniversary celebrations by offering a survey of the museum’s history that focuses on the dialogue between the Museum and society; heritage policies in Spain; the trends that have guided the growth of the museum’s collection and its transformation into a place that has allowed Spanish and foreign writers, intellectuals and artists to reflect on the country’s past and its collective identity.

Velázquez and the Golden AgeCaixaForum, Barcelona, until 3 March 2019

1aec4fcf-3625-450e-bf34-d074d781c69bArt at the court of Philip IV was an international language devoid of local boundaries. The work of Velázquez after 1623 is best understood in this international context. He was deeply influenced by paintings in the royal collections, especially works by Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. One of his key experiences was the trip to Rome in 1629 where he encountered classical and Renaissance art and established contacts with his contemporaries in Italy. The exhibition underscores such internationalism through a selection of 61 paintings associated with Velázquez, the Spanish royal collections and the Spanish Golden Age. More than twenty of these works were painted by Italian, Flemish and French artists, including Titian, Rubens, Luca Giordano, Jan Brueghel, Anthonis Mor, Giovanni Lanfranco, Claude Lorrain, Salvator Rosa, Massimo Stanzione and Guido Reni. Spanish artists are represented through works by Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Pereda, Maíno, Sánchez Coello, Mazo, Van der Hamen and others.

Forthcoming exhibitions

El maestro de papel. Cartillas españolas para aprender a dibujar de los siglos XVII y XVIII [The paper teacher. Spanish Drawing Manuals of the 17th and 18th Centuries], Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, from 15 October 2019 to 2 February 2020

2f86f58c9a8eaae8237c3c1faff98bc8This exhibition focuses on Spanish drawing manuals of the 17th and 18th centuries, locating them in their international context. These rare and innovative manuals responded to changing trends in the theory and practice of art. While such learning aids were produced across Europe, this exhibition will highlight the unique features of Spanish examples through works by José de Ribera, Pedro de Villafranca y Malagón, José García Hidalgo, Friar Matías de Irala and José López Enguídanos.

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Drawings by Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, from 19 November 2019 to 16 February 2020

d70b6af5-5b03-b189-cd11-ca0040d4325fThis exhibition is the result of the research undertaken for the publication of a new catalogue raisonné of Goya’s drawings, a subject to which the Museo del Prado has always devoted particular attention and which is one of the keystones of its collection. The exhibition will bring together more than 100 drawings by Goya from the Prado’s own collections and from public and private ones around the world. It will be presented as an extensive chronological survey of the master’s oeuvre, ranging from the Italian Sketchbook to the Bordeaux Albums. It will also offer an up-to-date vision of the ideas that recurrently appear in Goya’s work, revealing the ongoing and long-lasting relevance of his thinking.

Sofonisba Anguissola y Lavinia Fontana. Dos modelos de mujeres artistasMuseo Nacional del Prado, Madrid 22 October 2019 to 2 February 2020

39265f92-e9b3-6f56-3ee3-54fcbb8bab6cThe exhibition will reveal the artistic personality of two of the most outstanding women artists in western art. Through a total of 60 works and for the first time, the Museo del Prado will jointly present the most important paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1535–1625) and Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614). The two artists achieved recognition and fame among their contemporaries for and despite their status as female painters. Both were able to break away from the prevailing stereotypes assigned to women in relation to artistic practice and the deep-rooted scepticism regarding women’s creative and artistic abilities. In particular, Sofonisba Anguissola had close connections with the Spanish court as tutor to Queen Elizabeth of Valois and later official court painter to King Philip II.

Their Majesties’ Retiring Room, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid 9 April 2019 to 24 November 2019

bfb4ca28-f763-c08f-97af-55b7416e5c2eThis exhibition project will recreate the original aspect of Room 39, known as Their Majesties’ Retiring Room. First opened in 1828, it was intended as a portrait gallery of the Bourbon Dynasty. The images on display were accompanied by still lifes, floral compositions and landscapes and by other paintings that depict events from the reigns of Charles III and Ferdinand VII. This installation will recreate the hanging of the paintings at different heights and will include some of the furnishings made for this space, including Ferdinand VII’s toilet.

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Miradas afines en España y Holanda [Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Shared perspectives in Spain and the Low Countries], Museo Nacional del Prado, 25 June 2019 to 29 September 2019

0c80874a-3a0c-89ed-ff82-003ecc34c090This exhibition on late 16th- and early 17th-century Dutch and Spanish painting is the result of an extensive and important research project on the part of the Museum arising from a collaborative agreement with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which will be lending a significant group of works. The exhibition will offer a reflection on the pictorial traditions represented by Spain and the Low Countries. While Dutch art-historical literature has considered these traditions as essentially different, this exhibition will aim to juxtapose the historical myths and artistic realities of the two countries and to reflect on the numerous traits that they share. In order to appreciate these parallels the exhibition will include major works by artists such as Velázquez, Rembrandt, Ribera, Frans Hals and Vermeer.

Permanent Displays and Other Projects

Prado 200Museo Nacional del Prado and online, from 1 November 2019

6a2874c8-2b1b-2995-ea7b-6a627c68ad6aPrado 200 is a new feature within the museum’s permanent display. This installation is presented as nine chronological sections which will present the museum’s history with an emphasis on its architecture, public image and its principal exhibitions and activities. Curated by Victor Cageao, it will include works of art and documentary material from the permanent collection and from the holdings of the Museum’s archive and library (paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, documents, architectural models, plans, etc.), displayed in Rooms 100, 101 and 102 of the Villanueva Building. It will be accompanied by a specially designed online timeline providing access to graphic and technical documentation on the Museum’s history.

Memoria audiovisual del Museo del Prado and Voces del Prado. Una historia oral 

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The video Memoria audiovisual del Museo del Prado present a selection of films and other television programmes filmed in the Museo del Prado, from 1907 to today. Voces del Prado. Una historia oral collects the oral history of the museum through interviews with employees, from the 1940s to today.

 

 

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As part of the project De gira por España, important works from the Prado collection will be on loan to a series of provincial museums, one for each of Spain’s autonomous regions or autonomous cities. Click here to find an interactive map of the loans.

 

 

And ARTES?

ARTES plans to join the party and organise events to celebrate the Prado’s birthday, for example in this year’s Glendinning lecture, by Javier Barón, Two Masters of the Prado: Velázquez, El Greco and Modern Painting. We have also changed our cover image to El Museo Del Prado, a painting by José Franco Cordero dated to c. 1890. The work, in the collection of the Madrid’s history museum, shows the Museum’s north façade before the construction of a new entrance designed by Francisco Jareño and completed around 1892. The church of San Jerónimo el Real is visible in the background. Click here for more information on this work.

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José Franco Cordero, El Museo Del Prado, c. 1890, Museo de Historia, Madrid. Creative Commons – Reconocimiento-NoComercial 2.5 España (CC BY-NC 2.5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTES Coll & Cortés Travel Scholarship Report

Elizabeth Chant, report on a trip to Madrid, Simancas, and Seville, April-May 2018

NB: the deadline for applications for travel scholarships in 2019 is 31st January!

Thanks to the generosity of Coll & Cortés and ARTES, earlier this year I was able to visit Spain in order to conduct essential research for my doctoral thesis. My work explores the development of geographical understandings of Patagonia, initially in the Spanish Empire, and later in Argentina and Chile. I use a range of cultural media including literature, historical correspondence, and cartography, the latter being the focus of this trip. Spanish imperial maps of Patagonia tell a complex story of colonial violence, indigenous resistance, and contested sovereignty. They are central to the establishment and maintenance of Euro-Western Patagonian mythologies of barbarity and desolation. They also shed light on the origins of Argentina and Chile’s expansionist aims in the 19th century, another key consideration of my project.

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Spain’s initial efforts to establish a settlement in Patagonia during the 1580s were gravely unsuccessful. A second large-scale attempt was fielded beginning in 1779 on the Atlantic coast of modern-day Argentina, and this event heralded a renewed cartographic interest in the region. I set out to consult the materials produced in the wake of said project during my time in Spain. Through this research, I wanted to amplify my cartographic corpus, and to better understand the pressing need for geographical information at this crucial juncture prior to Argentinean and Chilean independence.

 

I began by visiting the Archive of the Museo Naval in Madrid. This was particularly useful for gathering primary cartographic materials. The highlight of my whole trip was finding eminent Spanish Pilot Alejo Berlinguero’s 1796 Descripción geográfica de las costas patagónicas… here. I was aware of Berlinguero’s watercolours painted during his voyage to Patagonia in the 1760s, but I did not know that he had produced a complete map of the region. It is without doubt one of the most important cartographic depictions of Patagonia to exist prior to Argentine and Chilean independence. Produced in the aftermath of Spain’s second colonisation project, it maps the region in considerable detail, and is telling of the urgent need for accurate information regarding the Patagonian interior. This map has become one of the focal pieces in the first chapter of my PhD, and I am extremely grateful to both Coll and Cortés and ARTES for enabling me to locate it.

After Madrid, I went to the Archivo General de Simancas, Valladolid and then to the Archivo General de Indias, Seville. In these locations, I was looking for information regarding another important Spanish map of Patagonia, José Custodio de Sá y Faría’s 1786 Descripción geográfica de la costa patagónica…, an important companion piece to Berlinguero’s portrayal. Both of these archives house copies of said map. Consulting the corresponding documentation has been essential for understanding its context of production, and for comprehending the profound Spanish concerns regarding sovereignty in both Patagonia and the wider mar del Sur. I was able to read the accompanying letters that Sá y Faría sent to the then-Viceroy of Buenos Aires, the Marquis of Loreto, in which he argues for the continued maintenance of the colonisation project in spite of the considerable number of deaths and difficulties experienced. I was also able to locate the travelogue from Berlinguero’s voyage to Patagonia upon which his 1796 map was based. Further, in the Archivo de Indias I discovered perhaps the earliest Spanish map to use the toponym ‘Patagonia’ (1750), another significant find for my thesis.

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The Coll and Cortés Travel Scholarship allowed me to encounter material that I would never have found had I been limited to working in the UK. I am currently working on an article comparing the Berlinguero and Sá y Faría maps, which will seek to highlight the importance of these until now overlooked pieces.

InformARTES 2018 is now online!

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The latest version of InformARTES, our annual newsletter, is now available online. It records the events we organised and the scholarships we awarded in 2018, and contains a detailed listings of forthcoming exhibitions and new books in the field of Spanish and Latin American art and visual culture.

We hope InformARTES will inspire you to join us or renew your membership — please click here for more information. All our best wishes for 2019!

ARTES AGM in Oxford, Thursday 14 June, 2018

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10:00 Campion Hall, Brewer St, Oxford OX1 1QS — http://www.campion.ox.ac.uk
Established in 1896, Campion Hall holds extensive collections, including in the areas of Iberian & Latin American art.
Visit Led by Professor Peter Davidson, Senior Research Fellow & Archivist
***Attendees are asked to arrive punctually, as late arrivals may be difficult to  accommodate***
12:00 Taylor Institution
St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3NA — https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylor & http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylorian
Established through the legacy of architect Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788), the ‘Taylorian’ is the University’s centre for the study of Modern European languages and literatures, other than English.
AGM and Prize Giving — Sandwich lunch provided
15:00 Magdalen College
High Street, Oxford, OX1 4 AU — http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk
Founded by William Waynflete in 1458, the College holds wide-ranging art collections.  Visit Led by the Dean, the Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold: Chapel altarpiece, Christ Carrying the Cross (attrib. Valdés Leal/Seville School, 17thC; for in situ discussion)
Venues can accommodate limited numbers only, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please email artesiberia@gmail.com, stating

(1) Whether you will arrive in time for the Campion Hall visit
(2) Your membership status

Once your place has been confirmed please pay a small charge to cover costs: £7 for members, or £20 for non-members

  • by credit or debit card (via the CAF website )
  • by cheque made out to ARTES and sent to: 58 Manor Road, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1XJ
  • by Paypal – simply click the button below.

Donate

 

 

ARTES AGM in Oxford, Thursday 14 June, 2018

taylorian

10:00 Campion Hall, Brewer St, Oxford OX1 1QS — http://www.campion.ox.ac.uk
Established in 1896, Campion Hall holds extensive collections, including in the areas of Iberian & Latin American art.
Visit Led by Professor Peter Davidson, Senior Research Fellow & Archivist
***Attendees are asked to arrive punctually, as late arrivals may be difficult to  accommodate***
12:00 Taylor Institution
St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3NA — https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylor & http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylorian
Established through the legacy of architect Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788), the ‘Taylorian’ is the University’s centre for the study of Modern European languages and literatures, other than English.
AGM and Prize Giving — Sandwich lunch provided
15:00 Magdalen College
High Street, Oxford, OX1 4 AU — http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk
Founded by William Waynflete in 1458, the College holds wide-ranging art collections.  Visit Led by the Dean, the Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold: Chapel altarpiece, Christ Carrying the Cross (attrib. Valdés Leal/Seville School, 17thC; for in situ discussion)
Venues can accommodate limited numbers only, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please email artesiberia@gmail.com, stating

(1) Whether you will arrive in time for the Campion Hall visit
(2) Your membership status

Once your place has been confirmed please pay a small charge to cover costs: £7 for members, or £20 for non-members

  • by credit or debit card (via the CAF website )
  • by cheque made out to ARTES and sent to: 58 Manor Road, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1XJ
  • by Paypal – simply click the button below.

Donate

 

 

ARTES AGM in Oxford, Thursday 14 June, 2018

taylorian

10:00 Campion Hall, Brewer St, Oxford OX1 1QS — http://www.campion.ox.ac.uk
Established in 1896, Campion Hall holds extensive collections, including in the areas of Iberian & Latin American art.
Visit Led by Professor Peter Davidson, Senior Research Fellow & Archivist
***Attendees are asked to arrive punctually, as late arrivals may be difficult to  accommodate***
12:00 Taylor Institution
St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3NA — https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylor & http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylorian
Established through the legacy of architect Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788), the ‘Taylorian’ is the University’s centre for the study of Modern European languages and literatures, other than English.
AGM and Prize Giving — Sandwich lunch provided
15:00 Magdalen College
High Street, Oxford, OX1 4 AU — http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk
Founded by William Waynflete in 1458, the College holds wide-ranging art collections.  Visit Led by the Dean, the Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold: Chapel altarpiece, Christ Carrying the Cross (attrib. Valdés Leal/Seville School, 17thC; for in situ discussion)
Venues can accommodate limited numbers only, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please email artesiberia@gmail.com, stating

(1) Whether you will arrive in time for the Campion Hall visit
(2) Your membership status

Once your place has been confirmed please pay a small charge to cover costs: £7 for members, or £20 for non-members

  • by credit or debit card (via the CAF website )
  • by cheque made out to ARTES and sent to: 58 Manor Road, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1XJ
  • by Paypal – simply click the button below.

Donate