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4 months to go! ‘Ribera: Art of Violence’ opens 26 September 2018 at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

ribera-martiri-de-sant-bartomeu-large-bannerThis autumn, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to the Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652). Born in Játiva, Valencia, Ribera emigrated to Italy as a young artist. Proud of his Spanish heritage, he eventually settled in Naples, then a Spanish territory, but never again returned to Spain. A hybrid figure, Ribera had a significant influence on the art of both countries in the seventeenth century.

Introducing this artist to a UK audience, the exhibition will focus on some of Ribera’s most powerful images featuring saints and sinners, flaying and flogging. Ribera’s images of pain have often been described as shocking and even grotesque in their realism. In a common historiographical trope, the artist himself has been labelled as sadistic and violent. Challenging this long-standing interpretation, Ribera: Art of Violence will reveal the complex artistic, religious and cultural discourses underpinning the artist’s violent imagery in paint and on paper. This exploration will be anchored by a number of major loans from North American and European collections, with some works travelling to the UK for the first time.

A scholarly catalogue will accompany the exhibition, showcasing the new research which has informed the display.

Ribera: Art of Violence is co-curated by ARTES committee member Dr Edward Payne (Head Curator of Spanish Art, The Auckland Project), author of a PhD thesis on the theme of violence in Ribera’s art (2012) and contributor to the catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings (2016), and Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), former Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and curator of the National Gallery’s exhibitions The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700 (2009) and Goya: The Portraits (2015).

Click here for a video presenting the exhibition, and here for a preview article in The Guardian. 

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Three new acquisitions on show at the Prado Museum

Three important new acquisitions are temporarily on display at the Prado Museum in Madrid:

Saint John the Baptist in a Landscape, an oil on copper by Juan Bautista Maíno (1581–1649), strongly influenced by the artist’s Roman period.

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The copper plate for a print portraying an auto da fé in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, engraved by in 1680 by Flemish artist Gregorio Fosman, one of the outstanding printmakers of the seventeenth century. The print is related to Francisco Rizi’s famous painting of the same subject, also in the Prado.

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Luis Paret’s A celestina [procuress] and the lovers, a work of 1784, inspired by the famous play La Celestina by Francisco de Rojas (1499), which foreshadows the satire of interpersonal relationships characteristic of Goya’s Caprichos 12129_1

 

Reminder: Murillo events in London, today and tomorrow (14–15 May 2018)

Symposium: ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland,’ The Wallace Collection, London, 14 May 2018

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Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo, The Marriage of the Virgin, c.1660-1670, The Wallace Collection

‘Oh wonderful Spain. Think of this romantic land covered in Moorish ruins and full of Murillos’

Benjamin Disraeli’s 1830 letter attests to the prominence of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the minds British travellers and collectors. In celebration of the 400thanniversary of Murillo’s birth, the Wallace Collection, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, will be exploring this further by hosting an international one-day symposium on 14th May 2018 entitled ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland’.

Speakers include Thierry Morel, Veronique Gerard Powell, Xanthe Brooke, Hugh Brigstocke, Isabelle Kent, Xavier Bray, Claudia Hopkins, Thomas Bean, Hilary Macarney and Philip McEvansoneya. We are delighted to have this group of acclaimed scholars coming together to discuss new research surrounding the collecting of Murillo in Britain and Ireland.The seminars delivered will form the basis of a new volume on the subject to be published by CEEH.

Click here to buy a ticket to the symposium

Programme

09:30 – Registration

09:50 – Welcome

Session 1) Early Displays of Works by Murillo in Britain

10:00 – Sir Robert Walpole’s Spanish Pictures. Thierry Morel (Director and Curator at Large, Hermitage Museum Foundation)

10:30 – From Lord Godolphin to John Blackwood and Lawrence Dundas: the first British purchasers of Murillo. Véronique Gerard Powell (Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sorbonne University)

11:00 – tea and coffee break

Session 2) British Collectors in Seville and Madrid

11:30 – Collecting Murillo in Seville: the case of Julian Benjamin Williams (d.1866) and Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840). Xanthe Brooke (Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery)

12:00 – William Eden: the discovery of Murillo with his friends in Spain. Travel and collecting. Hugh Brigstocke (independent scholar)

12:30 – The curious case of General Meade (1775 – 1849): his collection in Madrid and its dissemination. Isabelle Kent (Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection)

13:00 – Break for lunch (not included)

14:00 – William Buchanan and James Irvine: In-situ talk in the Great Gallery. Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection) and Isabelle Kent

Session 3) Artists and Scholars travellers to Spain

14:30 – ‘All softness’ – Murillo through British artists’ eyes. Claudia Hopkins (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)

15:00 – Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain and Richard Ford. Thomas Bean (private researcher)

15:30 – Accessing Murillo: Stirling Maxwell’s contribution to scholarship, collecting and taste in Britain. Hilary Macartney (Lecturer, University of Glasgow)

Session 4) Other Major Collectors

16:00 – Collecting and displaying Murillo in Ireland. Philip McEvansoneya (Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin)

16:30 – Close

Curator-Led Visit for ARTES MembersMURILLO: THE SELF-PORTRAITS, led by Letizia Treves, at the National Gallery, London, 15th May 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
Members must book by emailing artesiberia@gmail.com

ARTES Symposium: Murillo in Perspective, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 15 May 2018

13:00 – 14:30   13:00 – 14:30   Registration and opportunity to visit the drawings by Murillo and other Spanish masters in the Courtauld Prints and Drawings Study Room (Please note: directions to the Study Room and information on the visit will be provided upon registration)

14:30   Welcome

14:35 – 15:05   Manuela Mena Marqués, Senior Curator of 18th Century Painting and Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid: “Murillo the Draughtsman”

15:05 – 15:35   Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool: “Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory: The Afterlife of a Great Baroque Altarpiece”

15:35 – 16:05   Benito Navarrete Prieto, Professor, History of Art at the University of Alcala and Director of the Department of History and Philosophy: “Empathy and Prestige: The Real Reasons for Collecting Murillo’s Work in the Seville of his Patrons”

16:05 – 16:35   Tea

16:35 – 17:05   Laura Alba Carcelén, Conservation Scientist, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid’: “At Murillo’s Workshop: Pictorial Materials and Procedures”

17:05 – 17:35   Mairi Macdonald, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Murillo and Depictions of Poverty”

17:35 – 17:55   Discussion and close

18:00 – 19:00   Drinks and tapas

19:30   Invitation to attend a free concert of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque music organised by the Instituto Cervantes in Kings College Chapel (next door to the Courtauld). Please visit this link to book tickets.

For tickets to the conference, please click here

General public £16

Students £11

Symposium: ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland,’ The Wallace Collection, London, 14 May 2018

 

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Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo, The Marriage of the Virgin, c.1660-1670, The Wallace Collection

‘Oh wonderful Spain. Think of this romantic land covered in Moorish ruins and full of Murillos’

Benjamin Disraeli’s 1830 letter attests to the prominence of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the minds British travellers and collectors. In celebration of the 400thanniversary of Murillo’s birth, the Wallace Collection, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, will be exploring this further by hosting an international one-day symposium on 14th May 2018 entitled ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland’.

Speakers include Thierry Morel, Veronique Gerard Powell, Xanthe Brooke, Hugh Brigstocke, Isabelle Kent, Xavier Bray, Claudia Hopkins, Thomas Bean, Hilary Macarney and Philip McEvansoneya. We are delighted to have this group of acclaimed scholars coming together to discuss new research surrounding the collecting of Murillo in Britain and Ireland.The seminars delivered will form the basis of a new volume on the subject to be published by CEEH.

Click here to buy a ticket to the symposium

Programme

09:30 – Registration

09:50 – Welcome

Session 1) Early Displays of Works by Murillo in Britain

10:00 – Sir Robert Walpole’s Spanish Pictures. Thierry Morel (Director and Curator at Large, Hermitage Museum Foundation)

10:30 – From Lord Godolphin to John Blackwood and Lawrence Dundas: the first British purchasers of Murillo. Véronique Gerard Powell (Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sorbonne University)

11:00 – tea and coffee break

Session 2) British Collectors in Seville and Madrid

11:30 – Collecting Murillo in Seville: the case of Julian Benjamin Williams (d.1866) and Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840). Xanthe Brooke (Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery)

12:00 – William Eden: the discovery of Murillo with his friends in Spain. Travel and collecting. Hugh Brigstocke (independent scholar)

12:30 – The curious case of General Meade (1775 – 1849): his collection in Madrid and its dissemination. Isabelle Kent (Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection)

13:00 – Break for lunch (not included)

14:00 – William Buchanan and James Irvine: In-situ talk in the Great Gallery. Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection) and Isabelle Kent

Session 3) Artists and Scholars travellers to Spain

14:30 – ‘All softness’ – Murillo through British artists’ eyes. Claudia Hopkins (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)

15:00 – Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain and Richard Ford. Thomas Bean (private researcher)

15:30 – Accessing Murillo: Stirling Maxwell’s contribution to scholarship, collecting and taste in Britain. Hilary Macartney (Lecturer, University of Glasgow)

Session 4) Other Major Collectors

16:00 – Collecting and displaying Murillo in Ireland. Philip McEvansoneya (Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin)

16:30 – Close

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13:00 – 14:30   13:00 – 14:30   Registration and opportunity to visit the drawings by Murillo and other Spanish masters in the Courtauld Prints and Drawings Study Room (Please note: directions to the Study Room and information on the visit will be provided upon registration)

14:30   Welcome

14:35 – 15:05   Manuela Mena Marqués, Senior Curator of 18th Century Painting and Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid: “Murillo the Draughtsman”

15:05 – 15:35   Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool: “Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory: The Afterlife of a Great Baroque Altarpiece”

15:35 – 16:05   Benito Navarrete Prieto, Professor, History of Art at the University of Alcala and Director of the Department of History and Philosophy: “Empathy and Prestige: The Real Reasons for Collecting Murillo’s Work in the Seville of his Patrons”

16:05 – 16:35   Tea

16:35 – 17:05   Laura Alba Carcelén, Conservation Scientist, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid’: “At Murillo´s Workshop: Pictorial Materials and Procedures”

17:05 – 17:35   Mairi Macdonald, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Murillo and Depictions of Poverty”

17:35 – 17:55   Discussion and close

18:00 – 19:00   Drinks and tapas

19:30   Invitation to attend a free concert of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque music organised by the Instituto Cervantes in Kings College Chapel (next door to the Courtauld). Please visit this link to book tickets.

For tickets to the conference, please click here

General public £16

Students £11

 

News: the National Gallery acquires a still life by Juan de Zurbarán

n-6669_432pxThe National Gallery, London, has recently acquired Still Life with Lemons, Lilies, Carnations, Roses and a Lemon Blossom in a Wicker Basket, the first work by Juan de Zurbarán to enter a public collection in the UK. On display at the Gallery since 25 April 2018, the work was painted in about 1643–49 by the son of leading Golden Age artist Francisco de Zurbarán. Long overshadowed by his father, Juan was a skilled still life painter documented in Seville between 1620 and 1649. Works by his hand are extremely rare as his career was cut short at 29 by the plague which halved the city’s population.

 

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13:00 – 14:30   13:00 – 14:30   Registration and opportunity to visit the drawings by Murillo and other Spanish masters in the Courtauld Prints and Drawings Study Room (Please note: directions to the Study Room and information on the visit will be provided upon registration)

14:30   Welcome

14:35 – 15:05   Manuela Mena Marqués, Senior Curator of 18th Century Painting and Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid: “Murillo the Draughtsman”

15:05 – 15:35   Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool: “Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory: The Afterlife of a Great Baroque Altarpiece”

15:35 – 16:05   Benito Navarrete Prieto, Professor, History of Art at the University of Alcala and Director of the Department of History and Philosophy: “Empathy and Prestige: The Real Reasons for Collecting Murillo’s Work in the Seville of his Patrons”

16:05 – 16:35   Tea

16:35 – 17:05   Laura Alba Carcelén, Conservation Scientist, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid’: “At Murillo´s Workshop: Pictorial Materials and Procedures”

17:05 – 17:35   Mairi Macdonald, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Murillo and Depictions of Poverty”

17:35 – 17:55   Discussion and close

18:00 – 19:00   Drinks and tapas

19:30   Invitation to attend a free concert of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque music organised by the Instituto Cervantes in Kings College Chapel (next door to the Courtauld). Please visit this link to book tickets.

For tickets to the conference, please click here

General public £16

Students £11