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Symposium: ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland’; The Wallace Collection, London, 14 May 2018



Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo, The Marriage of the Virgin, c.1660-1670, The Wallace Collection

‘Oh wonderful Spain. Think of this romantic land covered in Moorish ruins and full of Murillos’

Benjamin Disraeli’s 1830 letter attests to the prominence of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the minds British travellers and collectors. In celebration of the 400thanniversary of Murillo’s birth, the Wallace Collection, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, will be exploring this further by hosting an international one-day symposium on 14th May 2018 entitled ‘Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland’.

Speakers include Thierry Morel, Veronique Gerard Powell, Xanthe Brooke, Hugh Brigstocke, Isabelle Kent, Xavier Bray, Claudia Hopkins, Thomas Bean, Hilary Macartney and Philip McEvansoneya. We are delighted to have this group of acclaimed scholars coming together to discuss new research surrounding the collecting of Murillo in Britain and Ireland.The seminars delivered will form the basis of a new volume on the subject to be published by CEEH.

Please follow this link to buy tickets for the conference.


09:30 – Registration

09:50 – Welcome

Session 1) Early Displays of Works by Murillo in Britain

10:00 – Sir Robert Walpole’s Spanish Pictures. Thierry Morel (Director and Curator at Large, Hermitage Museum Foundation)

10:30 – From Lord Godolphin to John Blackwood and Lawrence Dundas: the first British purchasers of Murillo. Véronique Gerard Powell (Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sorbonne University)

11:00 – tea and coffee break

Session 2) British Collectors in Seville and Madrid

11:30 – Collecting Murillo in Seville: the case of Julian Benjamin Williams (d.1866) and Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840). Xanthe Brooke (Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery)

12:00 – William Eden: the discovery of Murillo with his friends in Spain. Travel and collecting. Hugh Brigstocke (independent scholar)

12:30 – The curious case of General Meade (1775 – 1849): his collection in Madrid and its dissemination. Isabelle Kent (Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection)

13:00 – Break for lunch (not included)

14:00 – William Buchanan and James Irvine: In-situ talk in the Great Gallery. Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection) and Isabelle Kent

Session 3) Artists and Scholars travellers to Spain

14:30 – ‘All softness’ – Murillo through British artists’ eyes. Claudia Hopkins (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)

15:00 – Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain and Richard Ford. Thomas Bean (private researcher)

15:30 – Accessing Murillo: Stirling Maxwell’s contribution to scholarship, collecting and taste in Britain. Hilary Macartney (Lecturer, University of Glasgow)

Session 4) Other Major Collectors

16:00 – Collecting and displaying Murillo in Ireland. Philip McEvansoneya (Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin)

16:30 – Close


Leonora Carrington at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk)



30 JUNE 2017

Considered a ‘national treasure’ in her adopted country of Mexico, Leonora, whose background was strongly Irish, was originally from Clayton Le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire. Symposium speakers, artists, film makers, writers, curators and academics at the symposium will celebrate her in her home setting.

Guest Speaker, Joanna Moorhead, cousin of Leonora, will discuss her new book, ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ (Little, Brown, 2017).

The Symposium Programme is available to download. (Schedule is subject to change).




  • Michiel Cocxie after Hubert and Jan van Eyck, The Adoration of the Lamb, 1558, oil on panel, 133 × 236 cm, signed : “MICHAEL DE COXIE ME FECIT ANNO 1558”, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie



Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) Brussels, 9-10 February 2017

On 9 and 10 February 2017 an international conference will be held on the copies of paintings of Flemish masters during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries related to the Hispanic world. The event will take place at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels and is organized in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Project COPIMONARCH: La copia pictórica en la Monarquía Hispánica, siglos XVI-XVIII (I+D HAR2014-52061-P) from the Universidad de Granada.

The artistic heritage of the regions that once formed part of the former Spanish Empire includes a large number of painted copies after Flemish masters made during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Most of these works have received little attention even though they constitute a valuable source for understanding the artistic influence of the Southern Netherlands on Spanish and Latin American art and society in this period. Indeed, the study of copies of Flemish masters sheds light on a number of art historical issues, including the means of diffusion of artistic models, stylistic trends and the dynamics of the art market and the world of collecting. These copies are a valuable testimony to the political, commercial and cultural ties that existed between the Hispanic territories and the Southern Netherlands.

The conference will focus on the phenomenon of the copy from a large variety of approaches, ranging from workshop practices to collecting, trade and patronage. Papers about studies on particular copies are welcomed, but special attention will be paid to the driving forces behind the export-driven market of copies, such as artists, patrons, collectors and merchants. By taking into account cultural, religious, political and socio-economic dynamics, this conference aims to shed new light on the multifaceted artistic impact of the Southern Netherlands on the Hispanic world during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

We welcome 20 minutes papers that offer new contributions in which recent methodologies and theoretical frameworks are applied to copies after Flemish masters from this period. Proposals can focus both on copies made in the Southern Netherlands to be sent to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, and on copies made in these regions.

Candidates are invited to submit their proposals to Eduardo Lamas-Delgado (eduardo.lamas@kikirpa.be) and to the project COPIMONARCH (copimonarch@gmail.com) before 15 September 2016. This should include an abstract (up to 300 words) and a brief CV (max. 1 page).

Further information on the conference will be available from 30 October 2016 on www.kikirpa.be and http://wdb.ugr.es/~copimonarch/eventos/

The conference organisers are unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for speakers. Interested parties should apply for support from their respective institutions.

Elena Alcalá (UAM, Madrid), Christina Ceulemans (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Maria Cruz de Carlos (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid), Christina Currie (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Hélène Dubois (Ghent University / KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Pedro Flor (UAB, Lisbon), Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), David García-Cueto (UGR, Granada), Pierre-Yves Kairis (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Eduardo Lamas-Delgado (KIK-IRPA / ULB, Brussels), Didier Martens (ULB, Brussels), Benito Navarrete (UAH, Alcalá de Henares).

Organised by :With the support of :

Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, 9-10 February 2017
Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique, parc du Cinquantenaire 1 BE-1000 Bruxelles. Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium, Jubelpark 1 BE-1000 Brussel. CONTACT eduardo.lamas@kikirpa.be

Exhibition: Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from Phoenix Art Museum’s Collection


Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from Phoenix Art Museum’s Collection
Exhibition: 5 September 2015 – 28 February 2016

Symposium: Wednesday, 30 September 2015, Phoenix Art Museum (free):
Speakers on Spanish Colonial art include Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Sharon Fredrick, Jaime Lara, and Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol.

The Frick Collection, New York: Symposium, El Greco Comes to America, 26 January 2015

New York: The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting is holding a symposium, “El Greco Comes to America,” on Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Registration is required if you wish to attend this free event.
Speakers: Ellen Prokop, Susan Grace Galassi, Marcus Burke, Walter Liedtke, Xavier Salomon, José Luis Colomer, Richard Kagan, and Amaya Alzaga Ruiz.  Papers focus on individual collectors including Arabella Huntington, Louisine Havemeyer, Henry Clay Frick, Peter Widener, and Duncan Phillips, and also discuss the impact of exhibitions and the role of artist-advisers such as Mary Cassatt and Roger Fry.2015-01-FrickCollection-ElGreco-02

New England / New Spain: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas, 1492-1850, Denver, January 2015

New England / New Spain: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas, 1492-1850, Symposium, Frederick + Jan Mayer Centre, Denver Art Museum, 23-24 January 2015.
Each year, the Denver Art Museum hosts a two-day symposium on a New World topic, alternating between a Pre-Columbian theme one year and a colonial Spanish theme the next year. The 2014 symposium, which has been edged into early 2015, is co-organized by Dr. Donna Pierce, the museum’s curator of Spanish colonial art.
Speakers: Michael A. Brown, Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Clare Kunny, Karl Kusserow, James Middleton, Paula Mues Orts, Susan Rather, Michael J. Schreffler, Jennifer Van Horn, Kaylin Haverstock Weber.
Attendees will also be able to view the recently opened exhibition Glitterati: Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America.

Spanish Art Symposium – Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum & Durham University – Thursday 23 October to Saturday 25 October 2014

A symposium on Spanish Art will take place from 23-25 October in Co Durham, highlighting collections in the area and launching a book on treasures of Spanish Art in Country Durham. The three-day event will include exclusive access to view Zurbarán’s Jacob and his Twelve Sons and a conference dinner at Auckland Castle.

Below is a provisional programme for the event (the pdf is available here: Spanish Art Symposium Programme – Co Durham – 23-25 Oct 2014

To book a place, or for further information, please contact:

Rosie Bradford
Groups and Events Co-ordinator
The Bowes Museum

01833 694615

Thursday 23 October 2014
Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

Auckland Castle

Friday 24 October 2014
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham

Saturday 25 October 2014
Palace Green, Durham University, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN

Palace Green University of Durham

Jointly organised by Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum, and Durham University, this three-day symposium aims to highlight the outstanding collections of Spanish art held in County Durham. Internationally renowned academics and museum professionals will present a wide range of papers that will place these significant collections within their artistic, cultural, and historic context. The symposium will also be an opportunity to consider the reception of seventeenth-century Spanish art in Britain, marking the bicentenary of the arrival of Velázquez’s The Rokeby Venus in Teesdale (now in the National Gallery, London).

County Durham has historically been a hot spot for the collection and display of Spanish art, which fascinated influential figures such as Bishop Richard Trevor, John and Joséphine Bowes, and Frank Hall Standish. Today the results of this interest are to be found in the collections at The Bowes Museum and Auckland Castle, which together represent the most significant UK holdings of Spanish Golden Age art outside of London.

The symposium heralds a wider, long-term vision shared by Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum, and Durham University, to establish County Durham as a centre for the study of Spanish art in the UK, and as a world-class visitor destination.

El Greco, 1580-1589, The Tears of St Peter, ooc, The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard, Co Durham

El Greco (1541-1641), The Tears of St Peter, 1580-1589, oil on canvas, The Bowes Museum


23 October 2014
Auckland Castle

09.30 – 10.00   Registration
10.00 – 10.30
Welcome Remarks
Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman of the Auckland Castle Trust
10.30 – 11.30
Zurbarán and Britain (Title TBC)
Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research, the Museo del Prado, Madrid
11.30 – 12.00   Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.00
Francisco de Zurbarán’s representations of Saint Francis in the National Gallery
Letizia Treves, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600-1800, The National Gallery, London
13.00 – 14.30   Lunch – Tours of proposed Spanish Art Gallery site in Bishop Auckland Market Place
14.30 – 15.30
The Sons of Jacob: the first dysfunctional family why did Zurbarán paint them?
Alastair Laing, former Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, The National Trust
Thomas Gainsborough’s response to the work of Spanish masters
Anthony Mould, Fine Art Agent and Dealer specialising in British Art
15.30 – 16.00   Refreshments
16.00 – 17.00
The Museo del Prado and the visual construction 
of the history of Spanish painting in the nineteenth century
Javier Portús, Senior Curator of Spanish Painting, Museo del Prado, Madrid
17.00 – 17.45     Concluding Remarks
18.00 – 19.00     Drinks Reception and Book Launch
19.00 – 22.00     Conference Dinner                            

Francisco de Zurbarán, Levi, oil on canvas, Auckland Castle

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), Levi, 1640-45, oil on canvas, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham

24 October 2014
The Bowes Museum

09.30 – 09.45
Welcome and Introduction
Adrian Jenkins, Director of The Bowes Museum
09.45 – 10.25
Art collecting as a language of friendship and affinity between England and Spain
during the seventeenth century
Toby Osborne, Senior Lecturer in History, Durham University
10.25 – 11.05
Spanish masters and the spoils of war: the circulation of Spanish art in the era of Napoleon
Tom Stammers, Lecturer in History, Durham University
11.05 – 11.30   Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.10    
Preliminary thoughts on materiality and spirituality in the works of Francisco de Zurbarán 

Cordula van Whye, Lecturer in History of Art, University of York
12.10 – 12.50
Madrid’s monastic, artistic, and cultural heritage before the Confiscation of 1835. Report by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
Itziar Aranna, Research Fellow, Academia de San Fernando,
12.50 – 14.00   Lunch – optional tours of the Museum
14.00 – 14.30
Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840), Collector of Durham, Duxbury and Seville
Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics, The Bowes Museum
14.30 – 15.00
Frank Hall Standish and his paintings acquisitions in Seville
Xanthe Brooke, Senior Curator (Continental European Fine Art), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
15.00 – 15.40
John Bowes and the sale of the Quinto Collection: an opportunity or a question of taste?
Véronique Gérard Powell, Senior Lecturer (Honorary) University of Paris-Sorbonne
15.40 – 16.15   Tea Break
16.15 – 16.45   Closing Remarks
17.00 – 18.00   Tours of Picture Gallery and Exhibition
18.00 – 22.00   Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner

(c) The Bowes Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

José Antolínez, The Immaculate Conception, oil on canvas, The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard, Co Durham

25 October 2014
Durham University

09.30 ‒ 09.45   Arrival and Coffee
09.45 ‒ 10.15     
Sugar and spice and all things nice: José Antolínez and the Immaculate Virgin of the Bowes Museum

Lesley K. Twomey, Reader in Medieval and Golden Age Iberian Art, University of Northumbria
10.15 ‒ 10.45
Sacred skin: the martyrdom of St Bartholomew in Spanish Golden Age art
Andy Beresford, Professor of Spanish, Durham University
10.45 ‒ 11.10   Coffee Break
11.10 ‒ 11.40
The art of Seville and the collection of a scholar: Stirling Maxwell and the Fiestas de Sevilla
Hilary Macartney, Lecturer in Hispanic Art, University of Glasgow
11.40 ‒ 12.10
In the wake of Colonna and Mitelli: Quadratura in the Court of the Last Habsburg
Jeremy Robbins, Forbes Chair of Spanish, University of Edinburgh
12.10 ‒ 12.40
Spanish art and the Catholic Revival in Britain
Stefano Cracolici, Reader in Italian, Durham University
12.40 ‒ 13.30    Lunch
13.30 ‒ 14.30    Round Table Discussion
‘Engaging public interest in Spanish religious art’
14.45 ‒ 15.30    Optional Tour of Durham Castle Collection

(c) Durham University; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Unknown artist, St Jerome, oil on canvas, Durham Castle Collection