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Featured Exhibition: Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, until 18 March 2018

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Mariano Fortuny,
Idyll, 1868, watercolour and gouache on paper, Museo Nacional del Prado

The Museo Nacional del Prado has recently opened an exhibition on Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874). This artist, who achieved international renown in the last third of the 19th century, was a skilled painter and draughtsman who excelled in watercolour. He was also a graphic artist and a passionate collector of antiquities.
As with previous monographic exhibitions held at the Prado, Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874) offers a reassessment of the artist’s finest works, drawn from both the the Prado’s extensive holdings and from international lenders, including the more than 30 rarely-seen works from the Museo Fortuny in Venice.

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Opening soon: Intacta María. Política y religiosidad en la España barroca, 30 November 2017 – 8 April 2018, Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia

alegorc3ada_de_la_virgen_inmaculada2c_atribuida_a_juan_de_roelas_28museo_nacional_de_escultura_de_valladolid29The exhibition Intacta María. Política y religiosidad en la España barroca, opening on 30 November  2017, analyses the process through which devotion to the Immaculate conception was created and popularised in early modern Spain. While the Immaculate Conception only became dogma in 1854, as early as 1616 the Spanish Monarchy became a staunch supporter of the theory, turning its defence into a national priority. In the following years, the Immaculate Conception became Spain’s most heartfelt devotion and a sign of national identity. Art played an important role in this process, amounting to what we may describe as a marketing campaign. This will be the focus of the Museo de Bellas Artes’ forthcoming exhibition, featuring more than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints and books borrowed from notable Spanish museums and churches such as the Museo Nacional de Escultura de Valladolid, the Cathedral of Seville, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, and many others.

 

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Deadline 15 November: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium: Collecting (in) the Middle Ages (6th-16th century), 16 February 2018

HolyofHoliesReliquaryCall for papers: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium: Collecting (in) the Middle Ages, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 16 February 2017
Deadline: 15 November 2017

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to consider the nature of medieval collections, the context of their creation and fruition, and their legacy — or disappearance — in the present.

Inspired by objects such as a cedar box chest once kept in the Holy of Holies of the Lateran, this colloquium seeks to explore a diverse set of topics surrounding medieval practices of collecting. This wooden box may seem simple, but once opened it reveals a priceless collection: fragments of rock and wood from the Holy Land, each labelled with its precise place of origin by a sixth-century hand. Here and there, stones have fallen out, leaving imprints in the soil. The wooden relic chest is an object of small size and almost no material value, but has nevertheless been treasured for centuries by one of the largest and most powerful institutions of the medieval world.

The study of medieval collecting raises a variety of questions. How and why were objects collected, practically and conceptually? What was their expected time-span and what enabled their survival? How have medieval collections impacted modern scholarship, and how do modern collecting and display practices influence our interpretation of the past?

Applicants to the colloquium are encouraged to explore these issues from a diverse range of methodologies, analysing objects from the 6th to the 16th century and from a wide-ranging geographical span. Possible areas of discussion might include:

  • Collecting through time: How do we define the medieval collection/collector? How did medieval objects take on new meanings in medieval collections, ie. in the case of spolia? How has scholarship on medieval art been influenced by varying collecting practices and curatorial strategies across time?
  • Collecting in space: can the idea of the ‘collection’ be expanded to include objects, places and spaces spread across different geographical locales? Could objects or spaces communicate their commonality across a distance? How did pilgrimage routes, travel narratives and travel guides conceptualize their surroundings and weave a thread through geographical and historical difference?
  • Collectors, intermediaries, and craftsmen: how did institutions and single collectors acquire and expand their collections? For example, did they rely on a merchant network to acquire foreign objects or new relics? Did they collect newly commissioned objects, and display them in purpose-built spaces?
  • Collections and Legacies: how did inheritance impact the notion of collecting, looking forwards as well backwards? How did the meaning of objects change as they were passed down through families and dynasties? What happened to collections when familial lines ended? How did individuals link themselves to courts or dynasties through collections?
  • Accessibility: When, how and why were collections visible? Were there different levels of accessibility and interaction and who was allowed to ‘access all areas’? How were restricted collections advertised and open collections protected? And did objects themselves interact with each other, for example in specific displays or assemblages?
  • Organising Collections: What were the systems for assembling a collection, and for how they were curated? How did purpose-built spaces impact the growth of collections, and vice-versa? What were the roles of documents in collections, and how have medieval recording practices influenced modern views of the medieval collection?

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers an opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present, discuss and promote their research. To apply, please send a proposal of up to 250 words for a 20 minute paper, together with a CV, to costanza.beltrami@courtauld.ac.uk and maggie.crosland@courtauld.ac.uk no later than 15 November 2017.

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Research Seminar: Aparencia y razón en el reinado de Felipe III. Las artes y la arquitectura al servicio de un nuevo gusto, 29 November-1 December 2017, Madrid

vista20jardines20casa20de20campo20con20la20estatua20de20felipe20iii201Los últimos veinticinco años han conocido una notable renovación y ampliación de las investigaciones centradas en aspectos diversos del reinado de Felipe III (1598-1621), especialmente, en lo que respecta al estudio del valimiento de Lerma y su influencia cortesana, política y cultural. Se han revisado, además, múltiples cuestiones de la política exterior de la Monarquía en este periodo conocido como la Pax Hispanica. Ahora, en 2017, nos hallamos en Madrid inmersos en la celebración de la construcción de uno de los espacios más emblemáticos de la capital: su Plaza Mayor. Parece este un momento excelente para reflexionar sobre cuáles son los rasgos propios de este periodo, que tantas veces queda ensombrecido por la proyección desmesurada de los longevos reinados que le preceden y que le suceden.

Este seminario nace con el objetivo de debatir en torno a los rasgos específicos y los procesos que definen el nuevo gusto que se aprecia en el reinado de Felipe III, prestando particular atención a los cambios que experimentan las artes y la arquitectura en la corte y en otros espacios cortesanos de su monarquía. Uno de los ejes vertebradores lo constituye el análisis del gusto por la apariencia, tanto en la configuración de los espacios como en las formas de auto-representación a través de ceremonias, usos y fiestas. La grandeza de la monarquía y del poder se refleja de manera mesurada y armónica a través de su arquitectura. El deleite de los sentidos y del ingenio se pone de manifiesto en el diseño funcional de palacios de recreo con galerías, huertas, jardines, parques y bosques. La materialidad terrenal basada en un lujo suntuario se combina con el retiro de la clausura y el rigor de las prácticas devocionales en la concepción misma de los conjuntos palaciegos. Se verifica, además, una verdadera proliferación de fundaciones religiosas y benéficas que transforman el tejido urbano.

Miércoles 29 de noviembre de 2017

Inauguración – Presentación institucional a las 16.00 horas.
Introducción al seminario (Alfonso Rodríguez G. de Ceballos y Bernardo García García)
I. Idea y configuración de la corte
16.00-20.00 / Salón de Actos – Fundación Universitaria Española (calle Alcalá 93)
Arquitectura e imagen en la corte de Valladolid
Jesús Urrea Fernández (Universidad de Valladolid)
El valido-arquitecto. La construcción de la grandeza de los Sandovales
Bernardo J. García García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid y Fundación Carlos de Amberes)
Discusión
Pausa
Tras la estela de Antonio Moro. La construcción de la imagen regia durante el reinado de Felipe III
Álvaro Pascual Chenel (Universidad de Valladolid)
«No había Pintor eminente en España, de quien haya tantas Pinturas en público, como de Vicencio Carducho». La decoración de los espacios de la corte.
Ángel Rodríguez Rebollo (Fundación Universitaria Española)
Discusión
Jueves 30 de noviembre de 2017
II. El arte de representar. Imagen, fiesta y Ritual
9.30-13.30 / Salón de Actos – Fundación Universitaria Española (calle Alcalá 93)
La correspondencia de Annibale Iberti: sobre viajes, pinturas, fiestas y un carrozzino en los espacios cortesanos de Valladolid
Alicia Cámara Muñoz (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
Francisco de Mora, arquitecto de la Corte y la Villa de Madrid
Beatriz Blasco Esquivias (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Discusión
Pausa
«Por escalones de vidrio… subido a la alta esfera». El mecenazgo del primer marqués de Siete Iglesias: un modelo efímero de construcción de la identidad nobiliaria (1599-1621)
Santiago Martínez Hernández (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
La carrera de un dramaturgo cortesano durante el reinado de Felipe III: el caso de Luis Vélez de Guevara
George Peale (California State University, Fullerton)
Discusión
Jueves 30 de noviembre de 2017
III. Mujeres y redes de familia
16.00-20.00 / Salón de Actos – Fundación Universitaria Española (calle Alcalá 93)
Fundaciones religiosas en la corte. La familia de Lerma y Margarita de Austria según confesores y predicadores
Alfonso Rodríguez G. de Ceballos (Fundación Universitaria Española)
La emperatriz María en el cuarto real de las Descalzas y el duque de Lerma
María Ángeles Toajas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Discusión
Pausa
El Monasterio de la Encarnación de Madrid: red de mujeres, y mujeres en red
Leticia Sánchez Hernández (Patrimonio Nacional)
«En tierra ajena, lexos de mi Rey». Giovanna d’Austria, entre la corte de Felipe III y la de los virreyes de Nápoles y Sicilia
Ida Mauro (Universitat de Barcelona)
Discusión
Viernes 1 de diciembrede 2017
10.30-13.30 – Visita de estudio
[Reservada a organizadores y ponentes hasta 25 personas]
IV. La Monarquía Hispánica y la proyección del poder real
16.00-20.00 / Auditorio de la Fundación Carlos de Amberes (calle Claudio Coello, 99)
Mecenazgo y coleccionismo en tiempos de guerra: los marqueses de la Hinojosa y Villafranca en el gobierno de Milán (1612-1618)
Francisco Javier Álvarez García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) y Odette D’Albo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore y CREDEM)
Nápoles y Sicilia. La iniciativa cultural de los virreyes en el tránsito de Felipe II a Felipe III. Una perspectiva comparada
Joan Lluís Palos (Universitat de Barcelona)
Discusión
Pausa
Architectural exchanges between the Low Countries and Spain during the reign of the Archdukes: the impact of the high nobility
Sanne Maekelberg (KU Leuven)
Las exequias reales, la proyección del poder real, y la creación de un tiempo imperial en la Monarquía Hispánica de Felipe III
Alejandra B. Osorio (Wellesley College)
Discusión final
Clausura

CFP: Wider Worlds: Art and Audience Under the Spanish Crown, The Frick Collection, New York, April 5, 2018

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Call for Papers: 
Wider Worlds: Art and Audience Under the Spanish Crown, The Frick Collection, New York, April 5, 2018
Deadline: Dec 12, 2017

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The Frick Collection, New York

The Frick Collection is pleased to invite submissions for “Wider Worlds: Art and Audience under the Spanish Crown,” a public symposium inspired by the special exhibition Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle (January 31 to April 22, 2018). Co-organized with the Meadows Museum, in Dallas, where the paintings are currently on view, this exhibition marks the first time that Francisco de Zurbarán’s set of thirteen monumental canvases depicting the family of the biblical prophet Jacob will be displayed in the Americas.

Zurbarán’s paintings were probably commissioned in the 1640s for a monastery in colonial Spanish Peru, where the popularity of this particular iconography drew on histories positing the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas as “lost descendants” of the twelve tribes of Israel. The works traveled to England and, in 1756, entered the collection of the bishop Richard Trevor, an advocate for the rights of Jewish people. This history, as well as the apocryphal story of the paintings’ seizure by pirates, prompts us to think seriously about the afterlives of objects, anticipated versus accidental receptions, and art’s capacity for generating multivalent, sometimes competing, interpretations. For Jacob and His Twelve Sons, those interpretations range from justifying the enterprises of one colonial empire to serving as symbols of religious tolerance in another.

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on the status of the art object and the circulation of objects and ideas in the early modern Hispanic world. Please send a C.V. and 250-word abstract by Tuesday, December 12, 2017, to academic@frick.org. Submissions from emerging scholars, including early career university and museum professionals and advanced doctoral students, are particularly encouraged. Possible lines of inquiry include:

• How artists, patrons, and audiences dealt with anxieties around distance, delay, and the conveyance of meaning in the diverse and multilingual early modern Hispanic world;
• Re-signification and/or halted trajectories in the biographies of objects, especially in a global context;
• The imaging of origin myths and master narratives;
• How Iberia’s Jewish and Islamic pasts were interrogated and reinterpreted in Catholic image practices;
• The issue of workshops, masters, and authorship and their relationship to global markets;
• The global and material turns in art-historical scholarship.

“Wider Worlds: Art and Audience under the Spanish Crown” is convened by Caitlin Henningsen (The Frick Collection) and Adam Jasienski (Southern Methodist University). Susan Grace Galassi (Senior Curator, The Frick Collection) will preside.

Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism

juandowneyThinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism,’ Birkbeck, University of London,

Malet St, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX, 23/11/2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas

Under the dominance of European and then Creole elites, the people of Latin America have historically looked to Europe and North America as referents for cultural modernity. Until recently, everything related to indigenous people and culture was associated with the idea of underdevelopment. However, with globalisation, contemporary cultural discourses have begun incorporating notions of diversity, difference, inclusion and cultural rights; this allows for the articulation of new critical visions such as that of Paraguayan Ticio Escobar.

A lawyer, curator, teacher, art critic and cultural promoter, Ticio Escobar was Minister of Culture of Paraguay (2008-2012). Prior to that, he was Director of Culture of the Municipality of Asuncion (1991-1996) and founder of the Museum of Indigenous Art. He is the author of the National Law of Culture of Paraguay and President of the Paraguayan Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He has published numerous books on Paraguayan and Latin American art. He currently directs the Centro de Artes Visuales/Museo del Barro in Asunción.

John Kraniauskas is Professor of Latin American Studies at Birkbeck (UL). Expert in literature and cultural studies, he is the author of numerous essays and translations. His latest book is Capitalism and its Discontents: Power and Accumulation in Latin American Culture (University of Wales Press, 2017). He met Ticio Escobar on a trip to Paraguay during the days of Stroessner, as a member of the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.

The Thinking Ibero-America cycle is a cooperation between the Instituto Cervantes and Canning House, with the collaboration of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck, University of London, and Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities (BIH).

The event will be held in the Clore Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London (access through Torrington Square).

In Spanish and English.

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

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