The Backhouse Bank in Bishop Auckland, soon to re-open as the Spanish Gallery
On 22 March 2018 at 6 pm ARTES Committee Member Edward Payne will lecture on ‘In the Shadow of Louis-Philippe: Building a Spanish Gallery in County Durham,’ at the Visual Cultures Forum of Queen Mary University of London. The lecture will offer a glimpse behind the scenes of an exciting project in the North East of England. It will provide an introduction to the origins of an unusual endeavour—building a Spanish art gallery a stone’s throw away from a bishop’s palace—as well as a sneak preview of the gallery’s contents, including recent acquisitions and plans for potential loans and narratives.
Nigel Glendinning (1929-2013) is remembered for his perceptive writings on Goya and for the range of his knowledge on the art and literature of 18th century Spain. He had a distinguished academic career at the universities of Southampton, Trinity College Dublin, and Queen Mary University of London. He was a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, and an Honorary Fellow of the Hispanic Society of America in New York, as well as the winner of the international Elio Antonio de Nebrija prize awarded by the University of Salamanca (2007). In 1998 he was created Commander of the Order of Isabel La Católica, an honour conferred on him by King Juan Carlos of Spain. In 2001 he contributed to the creation of ARTES and served the group as honorary president for more than ten years.
Glendinning’s work is celebrated in the forthcoming edited edition of his classic book, Goya and his critics (1977; revised Spanish edition 1983). The new volume, published by Ediciones Complutense, contains the text of the 1983 Spanish edition with a selection of Glendinning’s more recent essays on the topic. The editors, Sarah Symmons and Jesusa Vega, contributed two memoirs of Nigel as a Hispanic art historian, his contribution to Goya Studies and to Hispanic visual and literary culture. The publication also features a tribute by Valeriano Bozal.
Information on the book’s forthcoming launch will be published soon.
Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, Queen Mary, University of London, Programme for 2014-2015.
The Research Seminar meets on Fridays at 3pm in room 1.36 of the Arts One Building, Mile End Campus. Papers last 45 minutes and are preceded by tea in The Gallery and followed by discussion. Semester 1
Friday 21st November 2014 Kati Ihnat, University of Bristol ‘Mother of the Visigothic “Nation”: The Virgin Mary in Early Medieval Iberia’
Friday 12th December 2014 Francisco Bautista, Universidad de Salamanca/University of Cambridge ‘Don Juan Manuel y la herencia literaria de Alfonso X’
Friday 23rd January 2015 Aengus Ward, University of Birmingham ‘Digital editing and the Estoria de Espanna: of xml and crowdsourcers’
Friday 27th February 2015 Sizen Yiacoup, University of Liverpool ‘Movement, Stasis and the Translation of Power in El Viaje de Turquía’
Friday 6th March 2015 Rosanna Cantavella, Universitat de València/University of Cambridge ‘The concept of “worthy rhymes” within the Troubadour poetic tradition’
Friday 27th March 2015 Rachel Scott, QMUL ‘“Esenta y señora”: The Paradox of the Prostitute in Celestina’