Goya’s ‘Aníbal vencedor, que por primera vez mira Italia desde los Alpes’ (Hannibal victorious, who for the first time looks at Italy from the Alps) donated to the Prado by the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, The Victorious Hannibal seeing Italy from the Alps for the first Time, 1771, © Museo Nacional del Prado

Please click here to see a video of Miguel Falomir, director of the Museo del Prado, and Nuria de Miguel, directory of the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado, discussing the donation (in Spanish)

Please click here for more information about the significance of this donation

Maius Workshop – Palaeography Online: Iberian Documents in Virtual Times, 4 May, 5pm (London)

In this session, we will discuss innovative ways of confronting medieval Iberian documents. We will hear from the PI of a born-digital, collaborative project which exemplifies the potential of the internet in reshaping the study of pre-modern sources. We will also learn from the ongoing research of an ECR who has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 to ask fascinating questions about Mozarabic evidence.


Aengus Ward, Professor of Medieval Iberian Studies at the University of Birmingham
From 2013–16 Professor Ward headed-up an AHRC-funded project to transcribe all of the manuscripts of Alfonso el Sabio’s history of Spain (Estoria de Espanna). The research project was accompanied by Transcribeestoria, a pilot project which aimed to engage a broad public in the study of the middle ages in Spain though a collaborative transcription platform and palaeography training.

Helen Flatley, DPhil candidate, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Helen’s doctoral project sheds light on the nature of inter-religious interaction and exchange in 12th and 13th-century Iberia through the study of the Mozarabs of Toledo. Her research draws especially in the rich and still under-utilised store of Mozarabic legal documents from Toledo in the two centuries after the conquest of the city by Alfonso VI.

Click here to register: https://ucl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdu2tpj8tE9W-43DGW5vjM8rficVpNZ6A

Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal winner 2021: Diana Bularca

ARTES is delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal. The medal and £400 prize money are awarded to Diana Bularca, formerly a MA student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, for her essay ‘Wifredo Lam’s Strategic Language’.

As Diana writes, ‘Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (b.1902—d.1982) used European modernist forms to turn his oeuvre into a counter-discourse that challenged the ethnic-based assumptions through which Europe was shaping his art and race. By mainly concentrating on Lam’s painting Je Suis (1949), and paying close attention to the artist’s own statements, this essay explores how Lam strategically essentialised his works, how he used them as an ‘act of decolonisation,’ and how he succeeded in diverting European modernism into new paths by conveying his own vision of his culture.’

Wifredo Lam, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Photo Pierre-Alain Maire, CC by 2.0

Diana will give a short talk on this topic at ARTES’ online AGM on 8 June. No runner-up prize is awarded in 2021.

TONIGHT: Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions,” the final talk in the ARTES and Zurbarán Centre Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to our final seminar (re-scheduled from 17 February) of our Research Seminar Series organised with ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group and the Instituto Cervantes:

TONIGHT, Tuesday 27 April, 6.00 PM

Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions”

At the beginning of the 20th century a set of pioneering texts examined the artistic dimension of artifacts manufactured and used in Brazilian religious communities, which were linked to African belief systems. These works were authored by physicians Raymundo Nina Rodrigues and Arthur Ramos (the founding figures of the field of Brazilian Anthropology), the museum expert and art critic Mário Barata, and Afro-Brazilian artist and intellectual Manuel Querino. They argued from Afro-Brazilian religious communities practices and material culture, but also from the collections of those artifacts they constituted for themselves and from the random sets of objects confiscated violently and unsystematically by the police.

Roberto Conduru is Endowed Distinguished Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He is author of Pérolas Negras-Primeiros Fios (EdUERJ, 2013) and Arte Afro-Brasileira (C/Arte, 2007), co-author ofArchitecture Agouda au Bénin et au Togo (Edições Fotorio, 2016), co-editor of Carl Einstein e a Arte da África (EdUERJ, 2015), curator of Quilombo do Rosário (Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, 2018) andIncorporation – Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Art(Centrale Electrique, Brussels, 2011), co-curator of Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis (Fowler Museum UCLA, 2017) and Perles de Liberté – Bijoux Afro-Brésiliens (Grand Hornu Images, Hornu, 2011).

You can join the seminar by clicking on the zoom link below (or copy the link and paste it into your browser)


Meeting ID: 959 6342 7765

Passcode: 465980

The talk will last ca. 40 minutes and be followed by Q&A.

CFP: Ibero-American Art, Identity and Resistance session at the UAAC-AAUC conference 2021(deadline May 16th)

UAAC Conference 2021, 20-23 October 2021, Online

Ibero-American Art, Identity and Resistance session

This panel aims to examine works by Ibero-American artists from the colonial period to contemporary times that debate migration and people’s movements across geographies. We seek to debate how artists interpret a new reality with constrained people movement in a pandemic. We seek contributions from a wide range of disciplines that engage with artistic practices in an Ibero-American context, including painting, performance, multimedia, art installation, and virtual reality (VR). We encourage submissions that debate how Ibero-American artists portray in their work the political and social aspects of cultural transfers resulting from people’s migration. We seek to discuss issues affecting minority populations and cultural transfers discourses in the context of immigration. We seek to debate how these works by Ibero-American artists demand from their makers a reconfiguration of thought and practices in current realities. We explore the importance of maintaining the Latin American historical memory and raising questions about preserving Latinxs identity and diversity. How politics influenced the Latin America art scene? How does the cultural flow happen in a new geographical location? How can arts promote cultural identity? How do artists negotiate their migrant identity in new geographies? How can artistic practices be reimagined in a new context in which we have limited physical interactions with others?

We invite 300-word abstracts of the proposed papers to be sent along with a brief biography (150 words maximum)

Please send proposals to Tatiane de Oliveira Elias  (tatianeeliasufsm@gmail.com) and Patricia Branco Cornish, Concordia University (patricia.cornish@mail.concordia.ca)

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Submissions must include:

the name of the applicant

the applicant’s email address

the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank

title of proposal

a proposal (300 words maximum)

a brief biography (150 words maximum) 

Submissions must be submitted via the Call for Papers form (click to open)

More information at https://uaac-aauc.com/conference/

JOB: Teaching Fellowship in Spanish or French art, c. 1600-1900, University of Edinburgh

History of Art, University of Edinburgh is looking for a Teaching Fellow (0.7 FTE) in History of Art, specifically the History of Spanish and French art, c.1600-1900 to start on 31 May 2021, fixed term for 27 months.

Application deadline: 20/04/2021, 17:00

Start date: May 31, 2021 End dateAugust 31, 2023

Details: https://elxw.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/815/?utm_medium=jobshare

Spanish and Latin American Art exhibitions currently on in the US

Goya’s Graphic Imagination, The Met, New York (Virtual tours available)

No Ocean Between Us, Cowden Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Art

Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows’s New Home, Meadows Museum, Dallas

Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico, Dallas Museum of Art

Frida Kahlo: Five Works, Dallas Museum of Art

Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris, Dallas Museum of Art

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

If you’re unable to attend these exhibitions in person, enjoy the museums’ online content while we wait for museums to open more widely!

RECORDING: Madeleine Haddon (University Of Edinburgh), ‘The Cuban Maja: La Mulata In The Work Of Victor Patricio Landaluze’, Online talk for the Research Seminar Series organized by ARTES and the Zurbarán Centre For Spanish and Latin American Art

In advance of tomorrow’s final lecture in the ARTES/ Zurbarán Centre Online Seminar Series, please find the recording of Madeleine Haddon’s talk, ‘The Cuban Maja: La Mulata In The Work Of Victor Patricio Landaluze’, delivered on March 24th, 2021.

This talk is part of a series of 12 research seminars, many of which will also be recorded and available on the ARTES site. Please click here for more information on the seminar series.

Please join us for the final talk in the series tomorrow, March 31st, 6-7pm. The talk will be delivered by Laura Fernández-González (University Of Lincoln), and is titled ‘Conventual Possessions In The Iberian World: Inventories In Comparative Perspective’.

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