Tag Archives: early modern

Featured exhibition: ‘La hija del Virrey. El mundo femenino novohispano en el siglo XVII’, Museo de América, Madrid, until 3 March


Curated by Andrés Gutiérrez Usillos, this exhibition focuses on an anonymous portrait of c. 1670. The work represents Doña María Luisa de Toledo, daughter of the Marquis of Mancera, Viceroy of New Spain, accompanied by a tattooed Indigenous woman. The show explores the world of the women portrayed in the painting, for example by reconstructing Doña María Luisa de Toledo’s trousseau, composed mainly of American and Asian items acquired in Mexico. The presentation thus analyses the clashes and encounters among the different worlds which coexisted in Viceregal America from a rare female perspective.

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Conference: Iberian (In)tolerance: Minorities, Cultural Exchanges and Social Exclusion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era, London, November 8–9, 2018

slid-angelesVenue: Senate House, Bedford Room 37 (8th Nov); Bush House, KCL S2.01 and Instituto Cervantes (9th Nov)

Keynote speakers: Prof Trevor Dadson and Dr Alexander Samson

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, minorities in the Iberian peninsula experienced both peaceful coexistence and, at times, violent intolerance. But despite restrictions, persecutions, and forced conversions, extensive cultural production and exchange among Jews, Christians and Muslims defined the life in towns and cities across the centuries, particularly in Al-Andalus. In this context of religious (in)tolerance, the question of limpieza de sangre (blood purity) played an important role in preventing newly converted Christians from occupying high social positions. Recent approaches have highlighted how the question of limpieza de sangre was not only a matter of anti-Judaism or hostility towards Jews and Moors, but was also driven by personal enmity, ambition, and political interest. Also relevant are a series of political decisions concerning minorities, such as conversos or moriscos, which appeared in the two first decades of the seventeenth century and deeply affected the social climate of the time. This is reflected in literary works from the period, when a number of prominent pieces dealt directly with the issues raised by the political reforms. While some of the decisions are very well studied, such as the expulsion of the moriscos in 1609 and 1610, others such as the issue of the Pardons, in which the both Duke of Lerma and the Count-Duke of Olivares were involved, are less well known. It is clear that these circumstances affected the lives of many authors, their poetic trajectories and determined their voices and their works.

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Organisers: Roser López Cruz (King’s College London) and Virginia Ghelarducci (School of Advanced Study)

Conference website: https://iberianintolerance.com

CFP: Visualizing Scientific Thinking and Religion in the Early Modern Iberian World, CAA 107th Annual Conference, New York, February 13–16, 2019


Fray Bernadino de Sahagún, The Florentine Codex, 1540–85

Chairs: Brendan C. McMahon (bcmcmaho@umich.edu), Emily Floyd (emilycfloyd@gmail.com)

In recent years, the consideration of visual and material sources has greatly enriched the study of a wide range of scientific practices in the early modern period. As scholars have moved away from characterizing “art” and “science” as discrete categories, they have increasingly turned to paintings, prints, and other forms of artistic production as a means to explore how early modern actors came to understand their experiences of the natural world. While the vast majority of these studies focus on the visual and material culture of Protestant Northern Europe, a small but growing number investigate similar trends in Spain and the Spanish Americas. Yet even as scholars have turned to instances where visual thinking formed a central component of scientific practices in this region, they have been more tentative to consider how religion, and particularly Catholicism, shaped such practices in this context.
This session seeks papers that consider the intersections of visual production, scientific thinking, and religion in the early modern Iberian world, investigating such themes as:
• Material culture, techne, and artisanal epistemologies
• The mobilization of indigenous American and creole systems of natural knowledge
• The Catholic Enlightenment
• Healing, disease, and visual production
• Visual and material culture, theology, and natural philosophical argument
• Epistemic images in the early modern Iberian world
To submit a proposal, please email a 250-word abstract, CV, and proposal form to bcmcmaho@umich.edu and emilycfloyd@gmail.com by Monday August 6, 2018.

Updated Programme: COLLECTING SPAIN: SPANISH DECORATIVE ARTS IN BRITAIN AND SPAIN, Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria and Albert Museum, 8 and 9 June 2018

V&ACoordinators: Ana Cabrera and Lesley Miller

This conference explores collecting practices, attitudes to and perceptions of Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain from the 19thcentury onwards, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections in both countries. The case studies aredrawnfrom the British and Spanish museum collections.

The conference is organisedin joint sessions dealing with the same subject from British and then Spanish perspectives. The first day considers the collecting of particular media while the second day focuses on the dissemination, display and conservation of these collections. The conference includes poster sessions during the coffee breaks.

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Friday, 8thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts

10.00             Registration and collecting of conference packs; displaying of posters

10.20            Introduction

Ana Cabrera, V&A

10:30       Collecting, Display & Dissemination: The Changing Face of the Decorative Arts Collection at South Kensington, 1852-1873

Susanna Avery-Quash, National Gallery, London

Lustreware and Furniture

Chair: Holly Trusted, V&A

11.00             Collecting Spanish Lustreware at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Mariam Rosser-Owen, Asian Department, V&A

11:30            A Survey and History of the Collecting of Spanish Decorative Arts: Lustreware

Jaume Coll, Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia

12.00-12.30.     COFFEE BREAK

12:30      Collecting Spanish Furniture, Woodwork and Leatherwork, 1850-1950

Nick Humphrey, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department, V&A

13:00             Collecting Spanish Furniture in Madrid, 1880-1920

Sofía Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid

13.30-14.30       LUNCH

Textiles and Fashion

Chair: Sonnet Stanfill, V&A

14:30             Following the Thread: Collecting Spanish Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Ana Cabrera, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, V&A

15:30             Textile Collecting in Catalonia

Silvia Carbonell, Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil, Terrasa

16:00            Fashion and Spain at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Oriole Cullen, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A

16:30             From Dress to Fashion: The Collection of The Museo del Traje

Helena López del Hierro, Museo del Traje, Madrid

16.30-17.00       TEA BREAK

Sculpture and Plaster Casts

Chair: Edward Payne, Auckland Castle Project

17.00             A Vogue for St Francis

Xavier Bray, Wallace Collection, London

17:30       Spanish Monuments Displayed at South Kensington: Raising the Profile of Spanish Art through Plaster Casts

Holly Trusted, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A

18:00       Electrical Treasuries: The Decorative Arts Collection from Antiquity at the Museo Nacional de Reproducciones, 1881-1915

María Bolaños, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid

18.30-19.00       DISCUSSION

Saturday, 9thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish decorative arts continued


Chair: Antonia Boström, V&A

10:15       The Scholar, the Scoundrel and the Skater: How the V&A Collections of Hispanic Silver were formed

Kirstin Kennedy, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A

10:45             Collecting Spanish Silver

Jesús Rivas, Universidad de Murcia

11.15-11.45COFFEE BREAK

Displaying, Interpreting and Conserving Spanish Decorative Arts

Chair: Christopher Wilk, V&A

11.45            Displaying Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. A Comparative Analysis

Isabel Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid

12.15             Spain in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries at the V&A

Lesley Miller, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A

12.45             The20th-century Galleries at the V&A

Corinna Gardner and Johanna Agerman Ross, Design, Architecture and Digital Department, V&A


Displaying, Interpreting and conserving Spanish decorative arts

Chair: Joanna Norman, V&A

14.15             The Conservationof the Cast Courts. New Discoveries from Spanish Casts

Victor Borges, Conservation Department, V&A

14:45             Collecting in Action: Building a Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland

Edward Payne, The Auckland Project

15.15             Closing remarks

Joanna Norman, Head of the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI)

Miguel González Suela, Directorate of the State Museum, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports

CFP: Maius Workshop Meeting: ‘Imagining Spain and Latin America Abroad’

Short, informal papers are invited for the next meeting of The Maius Workshop, a community of graduate students and early career researchers working on Iberian and Latin American arts, histories and cultures. For more information about the group, please visit their website.


Édouard Manet
Monk in Prayer (1865)
MFA Boston

The meeting will take place in the Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute, London WC2R 0RN on June 11 2018, 6:00–7:30pm

The theme of the meeting is ‘Imagining Spain and Latin America abroad.’ Discussion may consider exchange, trade, and the foreign reception of Spanish and Latin American art and culture.

Informal presentations should last no longer than 15 minutes.

The Maius Workshop endeavours to create a supportive environment to present new ideas and talk through problems and open questions. Collaborative research is central to the group’s ethos, and it aims to encourage dialogue rather than showcase fully-resolved material.

If you are interested in attending or presenting your work, please email maiusworkshop@gmail.com before May 15, 2018.

The Maius Workshop’s Second Meeting: Sacred Encounters, 11 December 2017 6-7:30pm, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Morgan Beatus Angel Sun Rev 19The Maius Workshop is an interdisciplinary group that brings together graduate students and early-career scholars dealing with Hispanic art (broadly considered to include literature, theatre, music, etc.) and history from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period. The Maius Workshop is kindly supported by ARTES.

The first meeting of the Maius Workshop took place in October at the Warburg Institute. The Maius Workshop’s second meeting will take place on Monday 11 December 2017 from 6.00 to 7.30 pm at the Research Forum Seminar Room of the Courtauld Institute.

We hope attendees will share documents, images and problems from their research related to this topic. While some members have already volunteered to present their research, there are still a few spaces left for informal presentations of 5 to 10 minutes. If you would like to present material from your research, please get in touch with us by Friday 8 December. 

If you are interested in presenting your evidence, please drop us an email by Friday 8 December. You can present your evidence in Powerpoint or handout format. If you would like us to print out your evidence to share with the group, please email it to us by Saturday 9. Secondary readings for discussion are also very welcome.

Otherwise, please come along for a lively discussion!

If you are planning to attend this event, please register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-maius-workshop-2nd-meeting-11-december-2017-tickets-39407191972

If you wish to contact us please use our email address, maiusworkshop@gmail.com

For more info visit: https://maiusworkshop.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/120148888676292/

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)
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)
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)
«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)
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)
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)
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)
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