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Lecture: ” The Palace of Pedro I in Seville, ‘very much like the residence of the Muslim kings’?”, SOAS, 7pm, 11 October 2017

Monthly Lecture

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The Palace of Pedro I in Seville, ‘very much like the residence of the Muslim kings’?
Dr Tom Nickson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
7.00 p.m., Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main Building, SOAS
Chaired by Professor Hugh Kennedy
Enquiries: rosalindhaddon@gmail.com


Opens today: ‘Zurbarán: Jacob and his Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle’


de Zurbaran, Francisco, 1598-1664; Levi III

Levi from the Auckland Castle Series

Zurbarán: Jacob and his Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle, Meadows Museum, Dallas, USA, September 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018 

Francisco de Zurbarán was born in Fuente de Cantos, in Western Spain, but spent most of his working life in Seville. Like Ribera, Zurbarán is also considered a Caravaggista (a follower of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, active 1571-1610) particularly for his exceptional use of chiaroscuro.

These 13 paintings (12 by Zurbarán and one a direct copy of the work by Zurbarán) are a visual narrative of Jacob’s deathbed act of bestowing a blessing on each son, foretelling their destinies and those of their tribes. Although each painting holds its own as an exceptional portrait, seeing the works together provides a unique experience for viewers, transporting them across history to make them a witness to that moment. At the Meadows, the paintings will be displayed together in one gallery.

It is not known who originally commissioned the series, but they were auctioned from the collection of a Jewish merchant named Benjamin Mendez in 1756. Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham, acquired the paintings for Auckland Castle, seeing in the public presentation of these works an opportunity to make a statement about the need for social, political and religious understanding and tolerance between Christians and Jews in Great Britain.

While in the USA, the paintings will also undergo in-depth technical study for the first time at the Kimbell Art Museum. This will include the use of infrared reflectography, ultra-violet light, x-radiography and pigment analysis. The goals of this work are twofold: first, to gain a better understanding of Zurbarán’s artistic process by exploring this unique series of related works; and second, to identify any additional needs for their ongoing conservation and care after they return to the U.K.

Accompanying the exhibition and conservation research will be an illustrated catalogue containing scholarly essays exploring the series from various historical, religious and artistic perspectives. Dr. Mark A. Roglán, Director, Meadows Museum, is the scientific director of the project and has helped to gather contributions by Claire Barry, Director of Conservation, Kimbell Art Museum; Professor John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, Emeritus at Oxford University; Dr. Jonathan Brown, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts at New York University; Dr. Christopher Ferguson, Curatorial, Conservation and Exhibitions Director, Auckland Castle; Dr. Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator, The Frick Collection; Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge; Alexandra Letvin, PhD Candidate at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Edward Payne, Senior Curator, Spanish Art, Auckland Castle. This exhibition and study have been co- organized by the Meadows Museum, SMU; The Frick Collection; and Auckland Castle; in association with the Kimbell Art Museum. A generous gift from The Meadows Foundation has made this exhibition and study possible, with additional support from the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and the Center for Spain in America.

New publication: Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis, by Amanda Wunder

Amanda Wunder’s new book
Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis

Published: February-March 2017

232 pages
34 color / 59 b&w illustrations
cloth: $84.95 / £60.95 / €81.95
ISBN 978-0-271-06506-9
Special price: $59.47 / £42.67 / €57.37

Link here to special price flyer

Offer ends 30 April 2017

Focus-Abengoa Foundation: Online Collections


The Focus-Abengoa Foundation launches a new tool to digitally disseminate its art collections devoted to the Baroque.

In recent years, the assets of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation have increased notably with the creation of the Centro Velázquez in 2008 and the receipt of the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez in 2011. In order to adapt to the new technologies and disseminate its art collections online, since 2012 the Foundation has been working on an action plan that will allow it to manage its art collections more easily and effectively, and thus to ease access to its resources for researchers and anyone interested in them.

Thanks to its new multimedia programme, it is now possible to access much of the Foundation’s artistic collections with a detailed description and cataloguing which substantially improves knowledge of these collections at the highest level. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s ultimate goal is to promote the advancement of knowledge, to revitalise the debate on the Baroque period and ultimately to support the growth of society.

The collections available online are:

–       Room of Engravings
Made up of 327 prints from the 16th to 20th centuries, this is a collection specialised in the iconography of the city of Seville which dates back to 1982. It is a unique collection of its kind, as well as a reference tool for any scholar interested in the history of Seville. It is organised by four broad chronological sections: prints from the Baroque period, prints from the Enlightenment, Romantic and Costumbrist prints and finally contemporary prints.

–       Centro Velázquez
Created after the Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s 2007 acquisition of the painting by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) Saint Rufina, one of the purposes of the centre is to recreate the historical and artistic universe in which the Sevillian genius lived from his early days in the city until his establishment in the Court as the painter to the king in 1624. The permanent collection of the Centro Velázquez is made up of 15 works that from now on will be accessible via an online catalogue that provides detailed information on the provenance, bibliography and exhibitions of the works, in addition to medium-resolution photographs.

–       Artistic heritage of the Hospital de los Venerables
The headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, after it signed an agreement with the Archbishopric of Seville, is the Hospital de los Venerables, one of the most impressive complex of Sevillian Baroque art and a prime historical benchmark in Spain’s Golden Age, with works by artists like Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal and Pedro Roldán. The inventory contains more than 400 works of art which encompass a broad timespan of five centuries, from the 16th to the 20th.



Sevilla – Simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez 15-17 octubre de 2014

Un simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez tendrá lugar en el Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla (ICAS), del 15 al 17 de octubre de 2014, bajo la dirección científica y coordinación de Benito Navarrete Prieto Universidad de Alcalá

contacto: Francesca Ortiz fortiz.cultura@sevilla.org


15 de octubre (tarde) 17:00
Presentación del simposio a cargo de Juan Ignacio Zoido, Alcalde de Sevilla, Salvador Medina, Santander Universidades y Jock Reynolds, Director de la Yale Art Gallery University.

Conferencia inaugural Salón Colón del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla 18:00
Xavier Salomon
 Chief Curator of The Frick Collection NY 18:00
El joven Ribera y el joven Velázquez

Espacio de Santa Clara
Sevilla en tiempos de Velázquez

Carlos Alberto Sánchez Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
De la pluma al pincel. Retóricas gráficas de la época de Velázquez

Alfredo Morales Universidad de Sevilla 20:00
“Un olor de ciudad, un otro no se que”. Arquitecturas de la Sevilla de Velázquez

16 de octubre (mañana)
La cultura y los círculos intelectuales

Vicente Lleó Cañal Universidad de Sevilla 10:00
El joven Velázquez y el círculo de Olivares

Fernando Marías Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 10:30
Materia, objetos y pintura en Velázquez

Luis Méndez Rodríguez Universidad de Sevilla 11:00
La cultura sevillana en la formación de Diego Velázquez

Tanya Tiffany Milwaukee University EEUU 11:30
El Retrato de Madre Jerónima de la Fuente de Velázquez y el Convento de Santa Clara de Sevilla

Descanso 12:00

Jeremy Roe Honorary Research Fellow University of Nottingham 12:30
La recepción de la pintura por el espectador culto: testimonios del “Arte de la Pintura” entre otras fuentes

Peter Cherry Trinity College Dublín 13:00
Velázquez el sevillano y el arte del retrato

16 de octubre (tarde)
La formación del genio. Pacheco y la cárcel dorada del arte

Bonaventura Bassegoda i Hugas Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona 16:30
Velázquez visto por Pacheco: de la perplejidad a la admiración

José Riello Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 17:00
El Greco y Velázquez: afinidades electivas

Enrique Valdivieso Universidad de Sevilla 17:30
Francisco Pacheco, maestro de Velázquez

Ignacio Cano Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
El retrato como fundamento en Pacheco y Velázquez

Antonio Martínez Ripoll Universidad de Alcalá 18:30
Educación y aprendizaje. Diego Velázquez, pintor autodidacta

Descanso 19:00

José Roda Peña Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
La iconografía de Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen y sus modelos escultóricos en Sevilla

Odile Delenda Wildenstein Institute París 20:00
La educación de la Virgen: problemas de iconografía

17 de octubre (mañana)

Las formas y las obras: más allá de la pintura

José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos Universidad Complutense de Madrid 10:00
Constantes y variantes en la pintura sevillana de Velázquez 

Salvador Salort Pons Detroit Institute of Art (EEUU) 10:30
Velázquez y el Bodegón

Guillaume Kientz Museo del Louvre 11:00
Velázquez y el caravaggismo

Xavier Bray Dulwich Picture Gallery. London 11:30
Velázquez y la escultura policromada

Descanso 12:00

Véronique Gérard Powell Universidad de la Sorbona 12:30
¿Por qué perdimos de Sevilla las pinturas del joven Velázquez?

17 de octubre (tarde)

La técnica pictórica

Carmen Garrido  Museo del Prado 17:00
Estudio técnico de la Inmaculada de la Fundación Focus-Abengoa

Jaime García Mahiquez Museo del Prado 17:30
Los calcos de Velázquez

Valme Muñoz Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
Estudio técnico de la “Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen” de Juan de Roelas: confluencias y disonancias con Velázquez

Mesa Redonda de Clausura: La Educación de la Virgen de Yale restaurada 18:30

John Marciari Independent Curator. Baltimore (EEUU)

Ian McClure Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU) 19:45

Carmen Albendea Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Lawrence Kanter Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Javier Portús Museo del Prado