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Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal 2020

12.124.1ARTES is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal, awarded with the generous support of the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in London

Plate [detail], Portugal, ca. 1500–1525, embossed silver-gilt, 3.3 x diam. 22 cm. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image: Public Domain.

This year’s prize is awarded to Dr Simon Park, an early career scholar at the University of Oxford. Simon’s essay, ‘Chasing Wild Men (in Silver)’ examined silverwork in early Renaissance Portugal, and was highly commended by the committee.

We regret that the postponement of our AGM means we cannot award the prize in person, but congratulate Simon on a wonderful piece of research.

 

 

Call for submissions: ARTES Essay Prize and CEEH scholarships, deadline 31 January 2020

The deadline for the ARTES’ annual essay prize is fast approaching at the end of January: further details here

 

 

 

31 January is also the deadline for our annual scholarships, including

The Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal: Call for Submissions, deadline 31 January

To encourage emerging scholars that are based in the UK, ARTES, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, awards an annual essay medal to the author of the best art-historical essay on a Hispanic theme, which must be submitted in competition and judged by a reading Sub-Committee. The medal is named after Juan Facundo Riaño (1829-1901), the distinguished art historian who was partly responsible for a growing interest in Spanish culture in late nineteenth-century Britain. The winner is also awarded a cash prize of £400, and the runner-up is awarded a certificate and prize of £100 – both prizes are generously sponsored by the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain. Prize-winners also receive a year’s free membership to ARTES, and the winning essays are considered for publication in the annual visual arts issue of Hispanic Research Journal. See the information about eligibility and rules of competition. The deadline is 31st January each year. 

Entering the Essay Competition

The judges will be looking for evidence of originality of thought and high academic and literary quality. Essays must focus on the production or reception of the art, architecture or visual culture of the Hispanic world, defined in the broadest possible terms.

As a permanent reminder of the winner’s achievement, an essay medal is awarded, together with a cash prize of £400. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the annual visual arts issue of Hispanic Research Journal. The runner-up may be awarded the ARTES commendation certificate, together with a prize of £100, and an essay so commended may also be considered for publication in Hispanic Research Journal. Both prize-winners also receive a year’s free membership to ARTES.

Essays are submitted by 31st January each year, and are read by the Essay Medal Committee, appointed by ARTES. The decision of the Committee shall be final. Presentation of the medal is usually made at a special ceremony in London in July the same year, and the result is announced on the ARTES website.

Previous Winners

2019: No award was made

2018: Javier Vicente Arenas, a Masters student at the Warburg Institute, for ‘Constructing a “Transmediterranean” Identity: Rodrigo de Borgia’s Italian Angels in Valencia Cathedral (1472-81)’.

2017: David Cambronero, a MA student at The Courtauld, for ‘Lighting the Great Mosque of Cordoba in the Caliphal Period’.

2016: Leah McBride, a PhD student at Glasgow University, for ‘‘The grave is only half full; who will help us fill it?’: The Politics of Trauma in Alfredo Jaar’s Rwanda Project‘.

2015: Rebekah Lee, a PhD student at the University of York, for ‘Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal and the Courtly Portrayal of Middle Age’.

2014: Lesley Thornton-Cronin, a first year PhD student at Glasgow University, for ‘Image-Making by Means of Metaphoric Transposition in the Work of Joan Miró’.

2013: Maite Usoz, a third year PhD student at King’s College, London, for  ‘Sex and the City: Urban Eroticism in Rodrigo Muñoz Ballester’s Manuel Series’.

Regulations for the Essay Medal

1. Essays must be anonymous. Entrants must select a pseudonym under which to submit their text, with a sealed envelope bearing the pseudonym and containing their real name, address and telephone number. Please note that because of the anonymity of the submissions, no acknowledgement of receipt will normally be sent. If a receipt is required, please send a stamped envelope addressed to your pseudonym or to a friend.

2. There is no age limit for entrants, but the Essay Medal Committee reserves the right to give preference to entrants who have not previously published in the field of Hispanic visual arts. We welcome submissions from researchers in a variety of circumstances, but envisage that most essays will be submitted from early career scholars, post-graduate students or undergraduates with exceptionally good end-of-degree dissertations. Details of degrees or qualifications, as well as previous publications, must be submitted with the entrant’s real name and address. Entrants should ideally be resident or studying in the UK, but exceptions may be made if entrants can demonstrate sustained engagement with students, scholars, objects or materials in the UK.

3. The Hispanic world is defined in its broadest sense to include all Hispanic and Lusophone regions (including, for example, Latin America). Visual arts are defined in their broadest sense to include all material and visual culture, including film and photography.

4. The essay must not have been previously published and must not have been awarded any national or international prize. A note of any departmental prizes awarded to it must accompany the entrant’s real name and address.

5. Essays may be up to 8,000 words in length, including bibliography (though this is not not necessary if full footnotes are given), all notes and appendices. Entrants are encouraged to submit shorter pieces, however. Shorter submissions will not be penalised on grounds of length, but overlength essays will be refused. A word count and a summary of up to 250 words (additional to the work total) must be included.

6. The essay should demonstrate original thinking. It may be based on a dissertation, and may involve original research, although essays based on a survey of secondary material will also be considered if they are of suitable quality. However, the essay should be self-contained and especially prepared for this competition.

7. Entries must be written in English. They must be typed or printed, double-spaced, and contained in a simple folder. Pages should not be stapled or bound together, and each page should be numbered. Diagrams or illustrations may be included and should be captioned. They may take the form of photocopies, provided they can be easily read. Sources of information and images must be acknowledged. Entrants are advised that their essays and illustrations will need to be photocopied.

8. The winning essay may be  considered for publication in the visual arts issue of Hispanic Research Journal, subject to the usual process of refereeing, and to acceptance by the Editors, whose decision on this is final. In the event of the essay being accepted for publication, some reworking may be required. Essays may not be offered for publication elsewhere while they are sub judice.

9. In the case of any dispute about the award, the decision of the ARTES Essay Medal Committee shall be final.

10. ARTES reserves the right to make no award if none of the entries is considered worthy.

11. The closing date for entries is 31st January each year. Essays received after this date will not be considered.

12. Two identical copies of the essay should be sent to: Dr Tom Nickson, Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW, UK. Envelopes should be clearly marked ‘Artes Essay Medal’. Electronic copies cannot be accepted.

13. Any queries should be directed to tom.nickson@courtauld.ac.uk

ARTES AGM and Prize-Giving Ceremony Report, Oxford, 14 June 2018

home2On 14 June 2018 ARTES held its AGM and prize-giving ceremony in Oxford. It was a day packed with special visits to rarely-seen collections of Spanish art in the city. The day started at Campion Hall, a Jesuit private hall which hosts a fascinating private collection of religious art from Europe, Latin America, and from Christian missions elsewhere in the world.

The visit was followed by the group’s annual general meeting and prize-giving ceremony, held at the Taylorian, Oxford University’s centre for the study of Modern European languages and literatures. Artes presented the following prizes:

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Artes’ honorary president, Sir John Elliott (Regius Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford) with some of the prize winners

The Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal
Awarded to Javier Vicente Arenas (MA Student, Warburg Institute, London), for his essay titled Constructing a ‘Transmediterranean’ Identity: Rodrigo de Borgia’s Italian Angels in Valencia Cathedral (1472-81)

Prizes were also presented to two runners-up: Jamie Haskell (MA Student, Courtauld Institute of Art, London), for her essay titled The Hispano-Moresque Haggadah and Helena Haugli (MA Student, Courtauld Institute of Art, London), for her essay The Botella de Astorga Reliquary and the Transfer, Functions, and Meanings of a Fatimid Rock Crystal in Remote Christian Spain. 

ARTES Coll & Cortés Scholarships

Travel scholarships were awarded to:

Susy Oram, who will travel to Mexico to study Mudéjar art and architecture in the region during the viceregal period.

 

Danielle Smith, CEEH/David Wilkie Scholar for the Study of Spanish Art at the University of Edinburgh, who will travel to Madrid to carry out research for her PhD dissertation, titled ‘Colecciones de Trajes de España: exploring sartorial representation in Spanish printed books, 1777-1825′
Elizabeth Chant, a PhD candidate at the School of European Languages, Cultures, and Society, UCL, who will travel to Seville and Madrid to research ‘Illuminating the Map: Spanish Enlightenment Cartography of the Costa Patagónica
Stefanie Lenk, a curator and PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, who is studying the re-use of Roman altars in paleochristian and Visigothic churches in Spain.
 
This scholarship was awarded to Sylvia Alvares-Correa, who is working on a PhD titled ‘From Flanders to Portugal: the transmission of northern art, artists, and techniques to Portugal through the collection of Rainha Dona Leonor’s (1458-1525)’ at the university of Oxford.

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The day continued with a visit to Magdalen College, founded by William Waynflete in 1458. The College holds wide-ranging art collections, including a Spanish altarpiece representing  Christ Carrying the Cross in the College Chapel. Previously attributed to Valdés Leal, the work, which remains unstudied, was more likely produced by another Sevillian painter in seventeenth century.

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

 

 

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

 

 

Prize-Giving Ceremony at the Wallace Collection, 29 June 2017

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Some of the Prize Winners pose with the ARTES committee and members at the prize-giving ceremony

On Thursday 29 June ARTES celebrated the winners of its annual scholarships and of the Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Prize with a ceremony held at the Wallace Collection in London. The Collection’s director Xavier Bray and Carmen Brieva Rodriguez from the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy joined the celebration.

ARTES started offering travel and PhD scholarships three years ago, with the aim to support and nurture young scholars in the field of Iberian and Latin American studies. The prizes are sponsored by Coll y Cortés and were awarded to the following researchers:

Travel Scholarships:

  • Ana Dias, a PhD candidate at the University of Durham, working on ‘The Apocalypse in early medieval Iberia: the function and impact of the illuminated ‘Beatus’ manuscripts.’ Ana will use her prize to conduct crucial fieldwork in three libraries in Spain, where she will examine three manuscripts of Beatus’ work to analyse at first hand their codicology, illumination and palette.
  • Maria Teresa Chicote Pompanin, a PhD candidate at the Warburg Institute, who will make three trips to Spain to examine archives, buildings and objects in connection with her research project, titled ‘Patronage, Fame and Memory in Late-Medieval Castile: Juan and Diego Pacheco, Marquises of Villena (1445 – 1529).’

PhD Scholarship for PhD students at working on Hispanic visual culture before 1800 at a UK University:

  •  Maeve O’Donnell, for her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art: ‘The Castilian Altar in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: A social and material history.’ Maeve’s thesis approaches the medieval altar as an assemblage of artworks with individual and cumulative religious, social and material significance. By donating or producing the different furnishings of the altar, craftsmen, merchants, bishops, and monarchs established personal links to this sacred space. In addition, objects displayed on the altar in medieval Castile functioned as barometers of political and economic shifts in this dynamic kingdom. Her analysis of Castilian altarpieces, frontals, figurative sculptures, liturgical objects, reliquaries and textiles unearths works of art that have not been studied before while offering an innovative approach to the medieval altar.

Scholarship for PhD students or post-doctoral researchers based in Spain, Portugal or Latin America who wish to conduct research in the UK:

  • Ignacio J. López Hernández, who is working on a dissertation about Architecture and Military Buildings in the Spanish Caribbean under the supervision of Dr Alfredo Morales at the University of Seville.

This year the Scholarship Committee was able to make two additional awards:

  • Francisco de Asís García García, for his travel to the UK to study reports and files held at the V&A’s Archive related to Medieval and Early Modern textile acquisitions from Spain (or of possible Spanish origin) and the iconographical analysis of selected pieces. This work is a joint collaborative study with the Marie S.-Curie project “Interwoven” (no. 703711) led by Dr Ana Cabrera Lafuente at the V&A.
  • Sylvia Alvares-Correa, a PhD candidate at Oxford, whose research considers the Flemish artworks associated with Rainha Dona Leonor of Portugal (1458-1525), including Quentin Metsys’s The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin; Goswyn van der Weyden’s Presentation at the Temple; a number of manuscripts, and the anonymous Passion of Christ in Jerusalem panorama, amongst others. By investigating the historiography, materiality, and iconography of these works and their place within the ambit of Dona Leonor’s piety and patronage, this project will contribute to the broader understanding of patterns of patronage in early modern Europe, artistic exchange between Flanders and Iberia, and the devotional climate of Renaissance Portugal.

The winner of the 2017 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Prize was also announced. This prize was set up 5 years ago with the generous support of the Office for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London, and includes a cash prize and a specially designed bronze medal. Like the scholarships, the essay prize is intended to encourage promising scholars in the study of Spanish visual culture (from any period) and is open to students at UK universities at any level of study.

This year’s winner was David Cambronero, a MA student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, who gave a short presentation based on his essay on lighting in the Great Mosque of Córdoba in the caliphal period.

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Hispanic Visual Culture Essay Prize: Deadline 15th February

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***Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal: Call for Submissions. Deadline 15th February***
To encourage emerging scholars, ARTES (the Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group) awards an annual essay medal to the author of the best essay on the art, architecture or visual culture of the Hispanic world. The winner is also awarded a cash prize of £400, and the runner-up is awarded a certificate and prize of £100. Prize-winners receive a year’s free membership to ARTES, and the winning essays are considered for publication in the annual visual arts issue of the peer-reviewed Hispanic Research Journal.
ARTES welcomes submissions from researchers in a variety of circumstances, but envisages that most essays will be submitted from early career scholars, post-graduate students or undergraduates with exceptionally good end-of-degree dissertations. They must have some connection with the UK.
See www.artes-uk.org/awards for full details.