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Featured Exhibition: 'Montañés, maestro de maestros', Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, until 15 March 2020

Juan Martínez Montañés (Alcalá la Real, 1568–Seville, 1649) marked a milestone in Spanish Baroque sculpture and a timeless model in the Sevillian school. This exhibition provides an insight into a select repre­sentation of 44 sculptures and reliefs by the brilliant artist, of a total of 58 works on display. Divided into three sections, the itinerary presents an exceptional repertoire of works that bear witness to the ambition of the major commissions he undertook, the sublime quality of his devotional images and the novelty of his iconographic models. The first section features works from his most outstanding groups or altarpieces, such as those from San Isidoro del Campo and the convent of San Leandro. The second one offers key examples of his magnificent religious imagery, such as Saint Christopher and Saint Jerome, and the third one highlights his most significant contributions to Sevillian Baroque iconography, as exemplified by the Infant Jesus from the Cathedral Side­ Chapel, ‘La Cieguecita’ (Little Blind One), and the Christ of Clemency.

The connections with the artistic and intellectual world of the day reveal the collaboration between Montañés and other artists, also represented here by paintings that formed part of altarpieces or were the pictorial ex­pression of the new iconographies which the sculptor helped to establish. Many of the works on display have undergone con­servation and restoration works specifically for the exhibition, enabling us to appreciate the extraordinary quality and beauty of the grand masterís work in all its glory. Thanks to the generous collaboration of the Archbishopric of Seville, the exhibition also includes works which the general public rarely have the op­portunity to admire, either because they are located high up on altarpieces or hidden away in convents and monasteries.

Featured Exhibition: ‘De Mena, Murillo, Zurbarán. Masters of the Spanish Baroque’, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges, until 6 October and MNHA, Luxembourg, 24 January–07 June 2020

20 works of Spanish religious sculpture and painting are currently on display in the monumental wards of the ancient hospital of Bruges. It is a rare opportunity to become acquainted with some lesser-known aspects of Spain’s Golden Age. The highlight of the exhibition, in addition to paintings by famous Spanish masters like Murillo and Zurbaran, is a group of six hyper-realistic sculptures by the greatest sculptor of the Spanish Baroque, Pedro de Mena.
This project is in collaboration with the Luxemburg Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art and the exhibition will travel to this museum in 2020.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in English, with texts by Ruud Priem, Sibylla Goegebuer, Malgorzata Nowara, Gilles Zeimat, and Noël Geirnaert. Click here for more information on the exhibition and here for the catalogue.

Conference: ‘Ribera’s Art of Violence: New Intersections and Interventions’, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, December 10, 2018

INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY

Ribera’s Art of Violence: New Intersections and Interventions

Dulwich Picture Gallery is holding a study day inspired by the exhibition Ribera: Art of ViolenceExamining Ribera’s art from various interdisciplinary perspectives, the event will bring together established and emerging voices to explore new approaches to the artist, his works, myths and audiences. The study day will be structured around the exhibition’s five thematic sections: Religious Violence; Skin and the Five Senses; Crime and Punishment; The Bound Figure; and Mythological Violence. Situating his paintings, prints and drawings within their historical context, this event will address the relevance of Ribera’s violent imagery in contemporary art and thought.

PROGRAMME
[Chaired by Edward Payne and Xavier Bray]

2-2.10pm
Introduction and Welcome: Edward Payne (Durham University) and Xavier Bray (Wallace Collection)

Session 1: Religious Violence

2.10-2.25pm
Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia)
Backwards through Bartholomews: Tools and Techniques of Stripping Skin

2.25-2.35pm
Respondent: Helen Hills (University of York)

Session 2: Skin and the Five Senses

2.35-2.50pm
Carlo Avilio (University of Warwick)
See with the Fingers, Touch with the Eyes: Ribera and the Failure of Painting

2.50-3pm
Respondent: Joanna Woodall (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Session 3: Crime and Punishment

3-3.15pm
Stephen Cummins (Max Planck Institute)
Punishing Bodies in Ribera’s Naples: Torture, Incarceration and Slavery

3.15-3.25pm
Respondent: Lorenzo Pericolo (University of Warwick)

3.30-4pm: Tea Break

Session 4: The Bound Figure

4-4.15pm
Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute)
Losing Control: Ribera’s Examination of Desire and Will

4.15-4.25pm
Respondent: Gabriele Finaldi (National Gallery, London)

Session 5: Mythological Violence

4.25-4.40pm
Bogdan Cornea (University of York)
Opening the Body, Opening Touch: Rethinking Violence in Ribera’s Apollo and Marsyas

4.40-4.50pm
Respondent: Mechthild Fend (University College London)

Keynote Address

4.50-5.20pm
Javier Moscoso (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales)
The Liminality of Skin in the History of Pain

5.20-5.30pm
Concluding Remarks: Edward Payne (Durham University) and Xavier Bray (Wallace Collection)

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