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Harvard Workshop: Art and Court Cultures in the Iberian World

February 11, 2019 @ 15:00 - 18:00

3rd International Workshop: Art and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

Location: RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Their dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories. Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography. The advent of a Monarchia Hispanica under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national, religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of multilingual and multiethnic populations. This third workshop aims to highlight some of these strategies, and to consolidate a forum for discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of Spanish and American scholars.


15.00 Welcome, opening remarks and first panel.

· Cosmopolitan Encounters: Jan van Eyck, Castile and the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada in the Early Globalization.
Manuel Parada López de Corselas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University.

· Religious Policies in 15th-Century Castilian Court and the International Context of Flemish Painting.
Jesús Folgado García, Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso, Madrid.

· Arts and Etiquetas: Titles, Functions, and the Position of Portraitists at the Court of Philip III.
William Ambler, Independent Scholar, New York City.


17.00 Second panel.

· Gendered Divisions of Space in Spanish Habsburg Palaces.
Jorge Sebastián Lozano, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Valencia.

·New Spain in Microcosm: Map-Making and Artisanal Praxis in Viceregal Mexico
Dennis Carr, Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Both panels will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Felipe Pereda, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art, Harvard University.

Sponsors: RCC; University of Valencia; Fulbright Commission.


Harvard University
Cambridge, MA