Luisa Roldán – Online Discussion and Book Launch – Holly Trusted explores, with author Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, the life and works of this celebrated sculptor of the Spanish Golden Age, 20 October 2021

Virtual Lecture: Spanish Golden Age Masters in American Collections, Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink, Milwaukee Art Museum, 30 September, 6pm UK time

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Immaculate Conception of El Escorial, 1660–65 (detail). Oil on canvas. 81 x 56 ¾ in. (206 x 144 cm). Museo del Prado

Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink, Meadows Museum Center for Spain in America (CSA) Curatorial Fellow and ARTES member, will deliver a virtual lecture this Thursday for the Milwaukee Art Museum titled ‘Spanish Golden Age Masters in American Collections’, which focuses on works by Francisco de Zurbarán and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

For more information and to register, please use this link: https://mam.org/events/event/virtual-in-conversation-spanish-art-and-american-portraiture/

This lecture is held in conjunction with the current exhibition “Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920.” It is free and will take place at 6 pm BST/UK time (12 pm CDT/Milwaukee time) this Thursday September 30th. Registration is required.

ARTES CEEH Travel Scholarship Report: Material Culture of the Arab/Berber Conquest: Excavations at the fortress of Zorita Castle and Surveying the Museums of the thaghr al-awsaṭ, Sarah Slingluff (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh)

My first day at Zorita Castle in front of the reconstructed main 10th century entrance

Covid-19 threw a wrench in so many projects, including my planned trip the summer of 2020 to Zorita Castle and the museums of central Spain.  Thanks to the flexibility of the ARTES CEEH Travel Scholarship, I postponed my research to this past summer, and spent the greater part of July 2021 basking in the opportunity to work on the excavation of the necropolis of Zorita Castle, run by Dr. Dionisio Urbina and Catalina Urquijo of Archaeospain.  The finds of this year primarily dated to the 12th and 13th centuries, during which the fortress acted as a seat for the Knights of the Order of Calatrava.

Interior of the Recópolis Interpretation Center

Life on site involved early mornings, working until about 2 pm every day.  In my free afternoons, I documented the built landscape of the town of Zorita de los Canes, accessed local libraries, and recorded the ways in which the history of the fortress/castle of Zorita is told in the local museum at Recópolis.  Perhaps most useful were the books I found in the town of Zorita de los Canes, rare local publications printed by the province of Guadalajara that rarely achieve international circulation.  

Outside the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid, facemask on and ready to enter!

I took advantage of the weekends to travel to sites and museums in Toledo and Madrid, notably the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid (enthusiastic picture included), at which I spent a day documenting the artifacts on display as well as their descriptive labels and display strategies.  Highlights included seeing the Pyxis of Zamora, an object which I have studied for many years, as well as a beautiful astrolabe of Ibrāhim ibn Sa’īd al-Shalī, a student of the Córdoban master Maslama al-Majrīṭī which was shown in the round. I also benefitted from visits to the gift shops of many of these museums, which afforded me the chance to purchase books geared towards visitors of each institution.  These are crucial to understanding the ways in which museums present the history of their collections to a wider public.

I am thankful to the funding from ARTES CEEH that allowed me crucial research for my thesis.  I had written as much as I could about the fortress of Zorita without being to site. The trip this summer allowed me to complete the aforementioned chapter of my thesis, collect research for future chapters, and the treat of seeing in-person for the first time some of those objects that made me fall in love with Islamic Iberia.

-Sarah Slingluff

Zorita Castle at night, from further afield

Luisa Roldán – Online Discussion and Book Launch – Holly Trusted explores, with author Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, the life and works of this celebrated sculptor of the Spanish Golden Age, 20 October 2021

Luisa Roldán, The Entombment of Christ, 1700–1701, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lund Humphries is delighted to celebrate the launch of Luisa Roldán, a new monograph by Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, co-published with Getty Publications. This beautifully illustrated book presents the first overview in English of the life and work of Luisa Roldán (1652–1706).

To celebrate the new publication, author Catherine Hall-van den Elsen will be joined in conversation by sculpture historian Holly Trusted. They will introduce Roldán within a wider historical and social context, exploring her development as a sculptor from her early days in Andalucía to her later works in Madrid.

They will discuss the complexities of her oeuvre and reflect on the challenges she faced as a woman sculptor in early modern Spain.

Online event

20 October 2021

12pm noon UK time (BST)

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

Representing hidden histories on stage and screen:  Second Workshop with The CATALINA Film Team (28 September)

Untold Arts, in collaboration with the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, at the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, would like to invite you to the second workshop on interpreting diverse hidden histories for the stage and screen. 

When: Next Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 6pm-8pm

Venue: Birkbeck, School of Arts, The Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London

Download a map of our location in Bloomsbury, central London

To register, please click here

Workshop 2

This second workshop involves interactive activities led by Fran Marshall from HistoryRiot with the support of Nadia Nadif, actor and producer of The Catalina Film.  BSL Interpretation will be provided by Erin and Rob.

Fran, our guest facilitator, will aim to connect people with the UK’s past, to inspire audiences to feel a fresh sense of identity with the place in which they live and the historical sites they visit. These activities will allow you to explore your own diverse histories and how to present them through the creative arts. 

Please, see details ahead of the workshop in https://historyriot.co.uk/

Postgraduate students are especially welcome

Contact name: Carmen Fracchia

EXHIBITION: Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 9/21/2021 – 1/23/2022

The Prodigal Son Feasting (detail), Ca.1660. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Oil on canvas. Photo ©️ National Gallery of Ireland

Until 23 January 2022 in Room C of the Jerónimos Building and with the collaboration of the Comunidad de Madrid, the Museo Nacional del Prado is exhibiting three important narrative series produced for private clients in Andalusia in the mid-17th century: the two on the parable of the Prodigal Son and the Story of Joseph by Murillo and Antonio del Castillo, both of which have survived complete and are now in the National Gallery of Dublin and the Museo del Prado, respectively; and the series on the Life of Saint Ambrose by Juan de Valdés Leal.
 
The exhibition also features other paintings which originally belonged to series of this type that were split up and dispersed over time. Through these works visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate both the importance of serial creations in Andalusian painting of the period and the role played in the development of the latter by private collectors and patrons.
 
33 works from the Museo Nacional del Prado, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and institutions such as the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla and the Biblioteca Nacional de España document the high levels of artistic merit achieved by the artists who cultivated this typology.

To buy tickets, and for more information on the exhibition , please click here.

Text excerpted from the Museo del Prado Communications Department

Sotheby’s online: Old Master & British Works on Paper including works from the Collections of Carlos Alberto Cruz and the late Timothy Clowes, closing 23 September 2021

Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, are presently offering via an on-line sale a selection of Old Master drawings from the collection of the Chilean architect and founder of The Apelles Collection, Carlos Alberto Cruz. Lots begin closing at 2pm BST on September 23rd, 2021.

Please follow this link to see the works for sale and for additional information: https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/old-master-british-works-on-paper-including-works-from-the-collections-of-carlos-alberto-cruz-and-the-late-timothy-clowes

Among the selection are 17 lots by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish artists including Francisco Herrera the Younger (1612 – 1685), Jeronimo de Bobadilla (1630-1709), Antonio del Castillo (1616-1668) and Pablo de Céspedes (1538-1608). Included among Cruz’s collection are drawings by the circle or followers of Murillo and his master Antonio del Castillo which were once in the collection of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878).

Representing hidden histories on stage and screen: Two Workshops with The CATALINA Film Team  21 & 28 September 2021, 6pm-8pm 

Untold Arts, in collaboration with the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), at the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, would like to invite you to two workshops on interpreting diverse hidden histories for the stage and screen.

Christoph Weiditz, Morisco Women in Granada (1529)

Untold Arts, founded by Actor/Producer Nadia Nadif and Historian/Writer Lauren Johnston, brings true unknown stories to life, championing global majority and female characters through the creative arts, educational resources and outreach workshops.

Workshop 1

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 6pm-8pm, online.

The first workshop aims to provide you with insights into the process of how the Untold Arts team translates hidden histories into theatre and film and introduce you to our latest project, about an Arab woman privy to some of the Tudor royals’ greatest secrets. This will include talks and discussions with the creative team (from the UK & USA) including:

6.00pm: Introduction – Professor Luciana Martins            

6.05pm: The Catalina Project  – Nadia Nadif (Actress and Producer)

6.35pm: The World of Catalina – Professor Carmen Fracchia

6.55pm: How the history has informed our process as film makers – Fawaz Al-Matrouk (Director), Leah Curtis (Music Composer)

7.45pm: Preparing Workshop 2 – Nadia Nadif                        

Workshop 2

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 6pm-8pm, venue TBA. The second workshop will involve interactive activities from guest facilitator Frances Marshall from HistoryRiot who aims to connect people with the UK’s past, to inspire audiences to feel a fresh sense of identity with the place in which they live and the historical sites they visit. These activities will allow you to explore your own diverse histories and how to present them through the creative arts.

Postgraduate students are especially welcome

To register, please click here.