December of 2017 will witness the 400th birthday of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), one of the outstanding painters of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum, which holds more paintings by the artist than any other collection in the United States, will celebrate his anniversary with a special exhibition. The display will celebrate the Meadows’ extraordinary holdings of artworks by the artist, and pair them with paintings by Murillo’s Sevillian contemporaries, thus highlighting the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated.
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BSS Concert, VIII Edition: Murillo Sacred and Secular in Spanish Art and Song, Guildhall School of Music, London, Monday 23rd October, 6pm to 7pm followed by reception
The concert will be a one-hour illustrated performance titled ‘Sacred and Secular in Spanish Art and Song.’ Curated by Ricardo Gosalbo and Professor Barry Ife, it will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Murillo. The programme features a rich and varied programme of songs and images celebrating four hundred years of the birth of the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in 1617. Guildhall postgraduate singers perform settings of Spanish Golden-Age lyrics by Joaquín Turina, Eduard Toldrá, Joaquín Rodrigo, Joaquín Nin, Amadeo Vives, Fernando Obradors and Frederic Mompou against a vibrant backdrop of some of Murillo’s finest drawings and paintings.
Following the stunning performance, guests will have the opportunity to have a small wine reception with the performers.
Tickets: BSS members £15, non members: £25.
Tickets include a glass of wine.
55 tickets available. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Any benefits from ticket sales will go towards the BSS Grants which some of the Guildhall School of Music artists have won. This event is supported by the Guild Hall School of Music and the Embassy of Spain.
Friday, 24 February 2017, 6.00-7.30pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
This talk analyzes the cultural history of slavery and the Black African presence in the Spain of the Golden Age, in relation to the paintings of Murillo. During the seventeenth century, Spanish culture had a greater influence of the black population. This paper studies the concept of identity and visibility in Hispanic society and culture, through the presence in the baroque festival of black populations, the theatrical representations in which they conformed as a social role and their presence in the artistic field. It studies the role of the slaves in painting workshops and how they appeared in art. Finally, the paper explores how Murillo had slaves and participated as Velázquez in the formation of a slave painter, in his case called Sebastián Martínez. The talk also covers how Murillo painted the black African population living in Seville.
Luis Méndez Rodríguez holds a Doctorate in History of Art from the University of Seville, where he is Associate Professor of History of Art. His Phd thesis, analyzing Diego Velázquez and the Humanism Culture in Seville, was awarded the Focus Prize, and published in 2005. He completed his research training in the Hertziana Library in Rome, The Warburg Institute in London and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. His research has mainly been concerned with painting and culture in the Modern Age, the visual representation of slavery and black Africans in Spain, as well as the identity and Andalusian culture of the XIX. He directs the Research Group “Artistic Image of Andalusia”. He has curated the exhibitions “The photographic heritage of the province of Seville”, “Time in the look. The Photo Library of the University of Seville and the Cultural Heritage of its municipalities”(2012), “Carmona. History and Heritage “(2013), “Yesos. Gipsoteca of the University of Seville” (2015) and “Seville through the photography 1839-1929″(2016). He has been director of the Secretariat of Historical Artistic Heritage of the University of Seville (2014-2016) and is currently Director General of Culture and Heritage at the University of Seville.
The Barber Institute of Art & The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG)
After Velázquez, Mariana of Austria, wife of Philip IV
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Marriage Feast at Cana
Monday 6 July 2015 11.00 – 16.30 pm
This visit is at the kind invitation of Robert Wenley of the Barber Institute who will introduce the key Spanish works. Helen Hillyard, National Gallery Curatorial Trainee at the BMAG, will also give us an introduction to her display and its Spanish works.
Provisional Timetable 11.00 – Arrive at the Barber for Tea & Coffee
11.30 – Look at key Spanish works in the Barber collection and explore the galleries
13.30 – Leave for Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and lunch
15.00 – Look at the Spanish works in the Birmingham Museum
& Art Gallery collection and explore the galleries
16.30 – Day finishes
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