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Symposium: El Greco to Goya: Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum

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Leonora Carrington at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk)



30 JUNE 2017

Considered a ‘national treasure’ in her adopted country of Mexico, Leonora, whose background was strongly Irish, was originally from Clayton Le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire. Symposium speakers, artists, film makers, writers, curators and academics at the symposium will celebrate her in her home setting.

Guest Speaker, Joanna Moorhead, cousin of Leonora, will discuss her new book, ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ (Little, Brown, 2017).

The Symposium Programme is available to download. (Schedule is subject to change).




  • Michiel Cocxie after Hubert and Jan van Eyck, The Adoration of the Lamb, 1558, oil on panel, 133 × 236 cm, signed : “MICHAEL DE COXIE ME FECIT ANNO 1558”, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie



Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) Brussels, 9-10 February 2017

On 9 and 10 February 2017 an international conference will be held on the copies of paintings of Flemish masters during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries related to the Hispanic world. The event will take place at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels and is organized in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Project COPIMONARCH: La copia pictórica en la Monarquía Hispánica, siglos XVI-XVIII (I+D HAR2014-52061-P) from the Universidad de Granada.

The artistic heritage of the regions that once formed part of the former Spanish Empire includes a large number of painted copies after Flemish masters made during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Most of these works have received little attention even though they constitute a valuable source for understanding the artistic influence of the Southern Netherlands on Spanish and Latin American art and society in this period. Indeed, the study of copies of Flemish masters sheds light on a number of art historical issues, including the means of diffusion of artistic models, stylistic trends and the dynamics of the art market and the world of collecting. These copies are a valuable testimony to the political, commercial and cultural ties that existed between the Hispanic territories and the Southern Netherlands.

The conference will focus on the phenomenon of the copy from a large variety of approaches, ranging from workshop practices to collecting, trade and patronage. Papers about studies on particular copies are welcomed, but special attention will be paid to the driving forces behind the export-driven market of copies, such as artists, patrons, collectors and merchants. By taking into account cultural, religious, political and socio-economic dynamics, this conference aims to shed new light on the multifaceted artistic impact of the Southern Netherlands on the Hispanic world during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

We welcome 20 minutes papers that offer new contributions in which recent methodologies and theoretical frameworks are applied to copies after Flemish masters from this period. Proposals can focus both on copies made in the Southern Netherlands to be sent to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, and on copies made in these regions.

Candidates are invited to submit their proposals to Eduardo Lamas-Delgado ( and to the project COPIMONARCH ( before 15 September 2016. This should include an abstract (up to 300 words) and a brief CV (max. 1 page).

Further information on the conference will be available from 30 October 2016 on and

The conference organisers are unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for speakers. Interested parties should apply for support from their respective institutions.

Elena Alcalá (UAM, Madrid), Christina Ceulemans (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Maria Cruz de Carlos (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid), Christina Currie (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Hélène Dubois (Ghent University / KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Pedro Flor (UAB, Lisbon), Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), David García-Cueto (UGR, Granada), Pierre-Yves Kairis (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Eduardo Lamas-Delgado (KIK-IRPA / ULB, Brussels), Didier Martens (ULB, Brussels), Benito Navarrete (UAH, Alcalá de Henares).

Organised by :With the support of :

Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, 9-10 February 2017
Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique, parc du Cinquantenaire 1 BE-1000 Bruxelles. Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium, Jubelpark 1 BE-1000 Brussel. CONTACT

Exhibition: Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from Phoenix Art Museum’s Collection


Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from Phoenix Art Museum’s Collection
Exhibition: 5 September 2015 – 28 February 2016

Symposium: Wednesday, 30 September 2015, Phoenix Art Museum (free):
Speakers on Spanish Colonial art include Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Sharon Fredrick, Jaime Lara, and Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol.

New England / New Spain: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas, 1492-1850, Denver, January 2015

New England / New Spain: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas, 1492-1850, Symposium, Frederick + Jan Mayer Centre, Denver Art Museum, 23-24 January 2015.
Each year, the Denver Art Museum hosts a two-day symposium on a New World topic, alternating between a Pre-Columbian theme one year and a colonial Spanish theme the next year. The 2014 symposium, which has been edged into early 2015, is co-organized by Dr. Donna Pierce, the museum’s curator of Spanish colonial art.
Speakers: Michael A. Brown, Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Clare Kunny, Karl Kusserow, James Middleton, Paula Mues Orts, Susan Rather, Michael J. Schreffler, Jennifer Van Horn, Kaylin Haverstock Weber.
Attendees will also be able to view the recently opened exhibition Glitterati: Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America.

Spanish Art Symposium – Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum & Durham University – Thursday 23 October to Saturday 25 October 2014

A symposium on Spanish Art will take place from 23-25 October in Co Durham, highlighting collections in the area and launching a book on treasures of Spanish Art in Country Durham. The three-day event will include exclusive access to view Zurbarán’s Jacob and his Twelve Sons and a conference dinner at Auckland Castle.

Below is a provisional programme for the event (the pdf is available here: Spanish Art Symposium Programme – Co Durham – 23-25 Oct 2014

To book a place, or for further information, please contact:

Rosie Bradford
Groups and Events Co-ordinator
The Bowes Museum
01833 694615

Thursday 23 October 2014
Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

Auckland Castle

Friday 24 October 2014
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham

Saturday 25 October 2014
Palace Green, Durham University, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN

Palace Green University of Durham

Jointly organised by Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum, and Durham University, this three-day symposium aims to highlight the outstanding collections of Spanish art held in County Durham. Internationally renowned academics and museum professionals will present a wide range of papers that will place these significant collections within their artistic, cultural, and historic context. The symposium will also be an opportunity to consider the reception of seventeenth-century Spanish art in Britain, marking the bicentenary of the arrival of Velázquez’s The Rokeby Venus in Teesdale (now in the National Gallery, London).

County Durham has historically been a hot spot for the collection and display of Spanish art, which fascinated influential figures such as Bishop Richard Trevor, John and Joséphine Bowes, and Frank Hall Standish. Today the results of this interest are to be found in the collections at The Bowes Museum and Auckland Castle, which together represent the most significant UK holdings of Spanish Golden Age art outside of London.

The symposium heralds a wider, long-term vision shared by Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum, and Durham University, to establish County Durham as a centre for the study of Spanish art in the UK, and as a world-class visitor destination.

El Greco, 1580-1589, The Tears of St Peter, ooc, The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard, Co Durham

El Greco (1541-1641), The Tears of St Peter, 1580-1589, oil on canvas, The Bowes Museum


23 October 2014
Auckland Castle

09.30 – 10.00   Registration
10.00 – 10.30
Welcome Remarks
Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman of the Auckland Castle Trust
10.30 – 11.30
Zurbarán and Britain (Title TBC)
Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research, the Museo del Prado, Madrid
11.30 – 12.00   Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.00
Francisco de Zurbarán’s representations of Saint Francis in the National Gallery
Letizia Treves, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600-1800, The National Gallery, London
13.00 – 14.30   Lunch – Tours of proposed Spanish Art Gallery site in Bishop Auckland Market Place
14.30 – 15.30
The Sons of Jacob: the first dysfunctional family why did Zurbarán paint them?
Alastair Laing, former Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, The National Trust
Thomas Gainsborough’s response to the work of Spanish masters
Anthony Mould, Fine Art Agent and Dealer specialising in British Art
15.30 – 16.00   Refreshments
16.00 – 17.00
The Museo del Prado and the visual construction 
of the history of Spanish painting in the nineteenth century
Javier Portús, Senior Curator of Spanish Painting, Museo del Prado, Madrid
17.00 – 17.45     Concluding Remarks
18.00 – 19.00     Drinks Reception and Book Launch
19.00 – 22.00     Conference Dinner                            

Francisco de Zurbarán, Levi, oil on canvas, Auckland Castle

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), Levi, 1640-45, oil on canvas, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham

24 October 2014
The Bowes Museum

09.30 – 09.45
Welcome and Introduction
Adrian Jenkins, Director of The Bowes Museum
09.45 – 10.25
Art collecting as a language of friendship and affinity between England and Spain
during the seventeenth century
Toby Osborne, Senior Lecturer in History, Durham University
10.25 – 11.05
Spanish masters and the spoils of war: the circulation of Spanish art in the era of Napoleon
Tom Stammers, Lecturer in History, Durham University
11.05 – 11.30   Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.10    
Preliminary thoughts on materiality and spirituality in the works of Francisco de Zurbarán 

Cordula van Whye, Lecturer in History of Art, University of York
12.10 – 12.50
Madrid’s monastic, artistic, and cultural heritage before the Confiscation of 1835. Report by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
Itziar Aranna, Research Fellow, Academia de San Fernando,
12.50 – 14.00   Lunch – optional tours of the Museum
14.00 – 14.30
Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840), Collector of Durham, Duxbury and Seville
Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics, The Bowes Museum
14.30 – 15.00
Frank Hall Standish and his paintings acquisitions in Seville
Xanthe Brooke, Senior Curator (Continental European Fine Art), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
15.00 – 15.40
John Bowes and the sale of the Quinto Collection: an opportunity or a question of taste?
Véronique Gérard Powell, Senior Lecturer (Honorary) University of Paris-Sorbonne
15.40 – 16.15   Tea Break
16.15 – 16.45   Closing Remarks
17.00 – 18.00   Tours of Picture Gallery and Exhibition
18.00 – 22.00   Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner

(c) The Bowes Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

José Antolínez, The Immaculate Conception, oil on canvas, The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard, Co Durham

25 October 2014
Durham University

09.30 ‒ 09.45   Arrival and Coffee
09.45 ‒ 10.15     
Sugar and spice and all things nice: José Antolínez and the Immaculate Virgin of the Bowes Museum

Lesley K. Twomey, Reader in Medieval and Golden Age Iberian Art, University of Northumbria
10.15 ‒ 10.45
Sacred skin: the martyrdom of St Bartholomew in Spanish Golden Age art
Andy Beresford, Professor of Spanish, Durham University
10.45 ‒ 11.10   Coffee Break
11.10 ‒ 11.40
The art of Seville and the collection of a scholar: Stirling Maxwell and the Fiestas de Sevilla
Hilary Macartney, Lecturer in Hispanic Art, University of Glasgow
11.40 ‒ 12.10
In the wake of Colonna and Mitelli: Quadratura in the Court of the Last Habsburg
Jeremy Robbins, Forbes Chair of Spanish, University of Edinburgh
12.10 ‒ 12.40
Spanish art and the Catholic Revival in Britain
Stefano Cracolici, Reader in Italian, Durham University
12.40 ‒ 13.30    Lunch
13.30 ‒ 14.30    Round Table Discussion
‘Engaging public interest in Spanish religious art’
14.45 ‒ 15.30    Optional Tour of Durham Castle Collection

(c) Durham University; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Unknown artist, St Jerome, oil on canvas, Durham Castle Collection

ARTES Malta visit: Wed 5 November – Mon 10 November 2014

ARTES is visiting Malta from 5-10 November 2014. This visit is being organised by Marjorie Trusted of the V&A (ARTES Hon Vice-President) and Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci of the University of Malta (ARTES member). The programme is detailed below and includes a symposium on Spanish Baroque Art in Malta being hosted by the Spanish Embassy.

Valetta Harbour, Malta

Valetta Harbour, Malta

ARTES Visit to Malta: 5 – 10 November 2014


Wednesday 5 November
Day: Arrival
Evening: 5.30 pm – Talk by Fr Dun Edgar Vella
The Baroque Neapolitan Crib in Malta
Followed by drinks reception and dinner

Thursday 6 November
Day Spanish Art on Malta Symposium at the Spanish Embassy
See link below for the provisional schedule:
Spanish Art on Malta Symposium – Thurs 6 Nov 2014

Malta Symposium Nov 2014

Evening Reception at the Spanish Embassy 

Friday 7 November
Day Visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral with Professor Keith Sciberras
Followed by tour of Valletta (including the Wignacourt Museum)
Lunch With transport to Mdina
Afternoon Visit to Mdina Cathedral Museum with Fr. Dun Edgar Vella
& to St Paul’s Church, Rabat
Evening Santa Caterina Church, Valletta & Lecture by Peter Vassallo
The Sojourn of Ángel de Saavedra, Duque de Rivas, in Malta (1825-30)
& the Composition of Al faro de Malta and El moro expósito

Saturday 8 November
Visit to Gozo to see churches & private collections with Mark Sagona

Sunday 9 November
Day Three cities tour
Lunch at Vittoriosa Quay
Afternoon Visit to National Museum of Fine Arts
& St Paul’s Shipwreck Church

Monday 10 November

St John's Co-Cathedral Malta

St John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta

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Sevilla – Simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez 15-17 octubre de 2014

Un simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez tendrá lugar en el Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla (ICAS), del 15 al 17 de octubre de 2014, bajo la dirección científica y coordinación de Benito Navarrete Prieto Universidad de Alcalá

contacto: Francesca Ortiz


15 de octubre (tarde) 17:00
Presentación del simposio a cargo de Juan Ignacio Zoido, Alcalde de Sevilla, Salvador Medina, Santander Universidades y Jock Reynolds, Director de la Yale Art Gallery University.

Conferencia inaugural Salón Colón del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla 18:00
Xavier Salomon
 Chief Curator of The Frick Collection NY 18:00
El joven Ribera y el joven Velázquez

Espacio de Santa Clara
Sevilla en tiempos de Velázquez

Carlos Alberto Sánchez Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
De la pluma al pincel. Retóricas gráficas de la época de Velázquez

Alfredo Morales Universidad de Sevilla 20:00
“Un olor de ciudad, un otro no se que”. Arquitecturas de la Sevilla de Velázquez

16 de octubre (mañana)
La cultura y los círculos intelectuales

Vicente Lleó Cañal Universidad de Sevilla 10:00
El joven Velázquez y el círculo de Olivares

Fernando Marías Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 10:30
Materia, objetos y pintura en Velázquez

Luis Méndez Rodríguez Universidad de Sevilla 11:00
La cultura sevillana en la formación de Diego Velázquez

Tanya Tiffany Milwaukee University EEUU 11:30
El Retrato de Madre Jerónima de la Fuente de Velázquez y el Convento de Santa Clara de Sevilla

Descanso 12:00

Jeremy Roe Honorary Research Fellow University of Nottingham 12:30
La recepción de la pintura por el espectador culto: testimonios del “Arte de la Pintura” entre otras fuentes

Peter Cherry Trinity College Dublín 13:00
Velázquez el sevillano y el arte del retrato

16 de octubre (tarde)
La formación del genio. Pacheco y la cárcel dorada del arte

Bonaventura Bassegoda i Hugas Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona 16:30
Velázquez visto por Pacheco: de la perplejidad a la admiración

José Riello Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 17:00
El Greco y Velázquez: afinidades electivas

Enrique Valdivieso Universidad de Sevilla 17:30
Francisco Pacheco, maestro de Velázquez

Ignacio Cano Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
El retrato como fundamento en Pacheco y Velázquez

Antonio Martínez Ripoll Universidad de Alcalá 18:30
Educación y aprendizaje. Diego Velázquez, pintor autodidacta

Descanso 19:00

José Roda Peña Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
La iconografía de Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen y sus modelos escultóricos en Sevilla

Odile Delenda Wildenstein Institute París 20:00
La educación de la Virgen: problemas de iconografía

17 de octubre (mañana)

Las formas y las obras: más allá de la pintura

José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos Universidad Complutense de Madrid 10:00
Constantes y variantes en la pintura sevillana de Velázquez 

Salvador Salort Pons Detroit Institute of Art (EEUU) 10:30
Velázquez y el Bodegón

Guillaume Kientz Museo del Louvre 11:00
Velázquez y el caravaggismo

Xavier Bray Dulwich Picture Gallery. London 11:30
Velázquez y la escultura policromada

Descanso 12:00

Véronique Gérard Powell Universidad de la Sorbona 12:30
¿Por qué perdimos de Sevilla las pinturas del joven Velázquez?

17 de octubre (tarde)

La técnica pictórica

Carmen Garrido  Museo del Prado 17:00
Estudio técnico de la Inmaculada de la Fundación Focus-Abengoa

Jaime García Mahiquez Museo del Prado 17:30
Los calcos de Velázquez

Valme Muñoz Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
Estudio técnico de la “Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen” de Juan de Roelas: confluencias y disonancias con Velázquez

Mesa Redonda de Clausura: La Educación de la Virgen de Yale restaurada 18:30

John Marciari Independent Curator. Baltimore (EEUU)

Ian McClure Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU) 19:45

Carmen Albendea Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Lawrence Kanter Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Javier Portús Museo del Prado