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Conference: Inmaculada Hispánica. Imaginarios visuales en una monarquía confesional, EEHAR, Rome, 6 June 2018


The Catholic Church did not define the mystery of the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma until 1854. Yet as early as 1616 Felipe III created the Real Junta de la Inmaculada and proclaimed the Spanish Crown as the greatest supporter of the doctrine. Ever since, the Spanish Monarchy was at the centre of an intense propaganda campaign intended to promote belief in the immaculate conception. Art played a key role in this project.

This seminar will explore the different aspects of this marketing operation in the Iberian kingdoms, in the Italian Viceroyalties and in Rome itself. From Madrid, Palermo and Seville, the speakers will unveil the images of one of the most striking campaigns of visual propaganda in history.

Coordinator: Rafael Valladares (EEHAR-CSIC)

Director: Pablo González Tornel (Universitat Jaume I)


Pablo González Tornel (Universitat Jaume I): Inmaculada Hispánica. Propaganda y persuasión en la España del Seiscientos.
Piers Baker-Bates (Open University, London): Inmaculada Hispánica in Rome: visual propaganda in the service of doctrine.
Maurizio Vitella (Università degli Studi di Palermo): Iconografia della Purissima Regina nel Viceregno di Sicilia.
Benito Navarrete Prieto (Universidad de Alcalá): La Inmaculada como instrumento político desde Murillo al nacionalcatolicismo.

Location: Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma. Via di Sant’Eufemia 13. 00187 Roma.
Date and time: miércoles 6 de junio de 2018, 16:00 horas.

Click here for the programme in Spanish and Italian.


CONFERENCE – Michelangelo & Sebastiano – The National Gallery London – 23 & 24 June 2017

Book Launch – Sebastiano del Piombo & the World of Spanish Rome by Piers Baker-Bates

ARTES Committee Member Dr Piers Baker-Bates has published an examination of Sebastiano’s career as a transcultural artist through an analysis of his Spanish patrons in Rome.

This book will prove to be an important tool to the greater appreciation of the artist in advance of the National Gallery London’s forthcoming exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano (see link) curated by Matthias Wivel, from 15 March – 26 June 2017.

A discount is available to those ARTES members who would like to buy a copy. Please contact artesiberia@gmail.com for details.