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Priceless Pre-Columbian Gold Breastplate Now on Display at Buckingham Palace

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Panamanian gold breastplate, dated in exhibition to 1200-1300, but experts now suggest 700-1000 (Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017)

The Art Newspaper reports that a gold breast-plate presented by the Panamanian president General José Remón Cantera to Queen Elizabeth in 1953 is now on display at Buckingham Palace.

Long kept in storage as a piece of secondary importance, the breastplate was re-discovered by Royal Collection curator Sally Goodsir. Now exhibited in the Royal Gifts  Summer Exhibition at Buckingham Palace (until 1 October), the breastplate is dated to the 13th century in the exhibition catalogue.
However, the object may be much older: according to Kate Jarvis, a British Museum curator of the Americas, it is an example of tumbaga work, a term for an alloy of gold and copper that was used in Pre-Columbian central America, dating to as early as AD 700. Her opinion is shared by Warwick Bray, a professor emeritus at University College London, who dates the piece to AD 700-1000 and considers it a very large pendant to be hung on a necklace rather than a breastplate.

The future of the object after the end of the Summer Exhibition is still under discussion.

Conference: Visual culture and women’s political identity in the early modern Iberian world II

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Diego Velázquez, Queen Isabel of Bourbon, 1634-35, Oil on canvas, 301 x 314 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source: Web Gallery of Art

Conference: Visual culture and women’s political identity in the early modern Iberian world II, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, 21-22 September 2017


Following the opening conference devoted to this theme, held at CHAM, in November 2016, this second conference brings together an international group of researchers from a range of scholarly perspectives to explore, discuss and debate a series of case studies on the visual construction and projection of women’s political identity in medieval and early modern Spain and Portugal. The papers explore a number of critical perspectives that range from the portrayal of Queens and their household to the discourse on female piety and spirituality, both in the court and beyond to lower social strata. The role of women’s agency within the structures of patriarchal society and discourse that underscored much of visual culture is addressed in a number of insightful ways. Furthermore, the range of papers engages with prescient methodological issues facing the study of the visual dimensions of female political identity.

In addition this conference is pleased to announce a plenary lecture by Juliet Perkins, King’s College London.

Programme
Thursday 21st September

9:15 Welcome
9:30-11:00 Session 1) Iconographies of authority 
Chair: Jean Andrews
María Morrás, Departament d’Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
La iconografía mariana en la Corona de Aragón y la orden de la Jarra

Inmaculada Rodríguez Moya, Universitat Jaume I
Reinas Fuertes: Poder, Religión Y Familia En La Representación De Las Mujeres Habsburgo

11:00-11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 1:00 Session 2) Religious identity in word and image
Chair: Jeremy Roe

Jean Andrews, University of Nottingham
Josefa in Óbidos: painting under the sign of Luisa de Guzmán 

Joana Serrado, University of Oxford
Six characters in search of a Canon: Saintliness as Feminist Subjectivity in the Early Modern Portuguese Empire

Lunch 1:00-2:00

2:00 – 4:00 Session 3) Iberian Queens and their courts
Chair: Carla Alferes Pinto, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Laura Oliván, Universidad de Granada
Dresses, Portraits and Spaces: Female Identities at the Alcázar (1621-1665)

Mercedes Llorente, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
The portrayal of two Iberian Queens: Luisa Gusmão and Mariana of Austria

Susana Varela Flor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Catherine of Braganza: the iconographic strategies of a Catholic Queen in a Protestant Kingdom (1662-1693)

4:00-4:30 Tea

4:30 Plenary Lecture

Juliet Perkins, King’s College London
Guilherme Debrie’s engravings for Theatro Comico Portuguez

Friday 22nd September

9:30-11:00 Session 4) The Queen’s household
Chair: Jeremy Lawrance

Vanessa de Cruz Medina, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Objects and Agency: Visual Culture and the Political Identity of Ladies-in-Waiting to the Habsburg Courts

Jeremy Roe, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Luisa de Gusmão and the staging of political identity 

11:00- 11:30 Coffee

11:30-1:00 Session 5) Discussion
Concluding address: Jeremy Lawrance, University of Nottingham
Roundtable discussion

For enquiries please contact Jeremy Roe, jeremy.roe@fcsh.unl.pt