Professor David Davies, 1937-2022

David Davies was an active member of ARTES since its inception. A Welshman from the Valleys, David was a middle weight champion boxer in his youth. He joined UCL in 1967 and is said to have put the History of Art Department on its feet. He was ‘a teacher enraptured by his subject matter’ (CharlesContinue reading “Professor David Davies, 1937-2022”

In Memoriam from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts | JONATHAN BROWN: A LIFE, by Richard Kagan, Robert Lubar, and Edward J. Sullivan

Jonathan Brown was a pioneering art historian who brought the study of both Spanish and Viceregal Mexican art to wide public and academic attention with his teaching, voluminous writing and exhibition curating, from the 1960s until the present decade. He died at home in Princeton, New Jersey on January 17, 2022. Jonathan Brown was theContinue reading “In Memoriam from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts | JONATHAN BROWN: A LIFE, by Richard Kagan, Robert Lubar, and Edward J. Sullivan”

Claudie Ressort (1933-2021)

Claudie Ressort, who died in Paris on 9th February 2021 at the age of eighty-seven, was for many years in charge of Spanish Paintings in the Louvre Museum. During her career spent entirely in that institution, she worked endlessly to defend the cause of Spanish Art and the place it should have in such aContinue reading “Claudie Ressort (1933-2021)”

A tribute to Ian Robertson, by Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson writes: I have a dog eared copy of Robertson’s Blue Guide to Spain which I bought in 1977. I had hitchhiked around Spain in 1976 for three months curious to see what was happening to the country-after the death of Franco. I was 25 and interested in politics. Many journeys followed, always withContinue reading “A tribute to Ian Robertson, by Susan Wilson”

Ian Robertson – Hispanophile and Richard Ford Scholar

Ian Robertson, who has died aged 92, embarked on a lifetime’s scholarship on Spain and a prodigious production of travel guides inspired by an unlikely combination of the Duke of Wellington’s campaigns in the Peninsular War and Richard Ford’s accounts of his Spanish journeys. He became a leading authority on both. His Spanish interests ledContinue reading “Ian Robertson – Hispanophile and Richard Ford Scholar”

María del Carmen Garrido Pérez, former Prado conservator, 1947-2020

María del Carmen Garrido Pérez was one of Spain’s leading conservators who specialised in the technical research and conservation of Spanish paintings from the 15th through to the 20th century. Having studied Art History at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where she was awarded her doctorate in 1979 with a thesis on the physical andContinue reading “María del Carmen Garrido Pérez, former Prado conservator, 1947-2020”

Professor Trevor Dadson, 1948-2020

ARTES records with regret the death of Professor Trevor Dadson in January 2020. As Editor-in-Chief of the Hispanic Research Journal from 2012 to 2017, Trevor was a tremendous enthusiast of the annual visual arts issue, and a great supporter of its editors, Tom Nickson and Sarah Symmons. Trevor was also an incredibly distinguished scholar whoseContinue reading “Professor Trevor Dadson, 1948-2020”

Art historian, philanthropist and ARTES member William Jordan has died at 77

The Dallas News reports that internationally recognised art historian William B. Jordan died Monday in Dallas after a short illness. After obtaining a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, he helped Mr. Algur Meadows form a new collection of Spanish paintings for Southern Methodist University. Later on, he was curator at theContinue reading “Art historian, philanthropist and ARTES member William Jordan has died at 77”

Michael Jacobs, 1952-2014

The Hispanic world has lost one of its greats.  Michael Jacobs, who died from cancer on 9 January 2014  aged 61, was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable writer with an endearing personality, in the  tradition of George Borrow, Richard Ford and Gerald Brenan. Michael had an extraordinary ability to connect, and both his art historical andContinue reading “Michael Jacobs, 1952-2014”