[ONLINE] Travelling Objects, Travelling People: Art and Artists of Late-Medieval and Renaissance Iberia and Beyond, c. 1400–1550 - The Courtauld Institute of Art

[ONLINE] Travelling Objects, Travelling People: Art and Artists of Late-Medieval and Renaissance Iberia and Beyond, c. 1400–1550

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Anonymous Portuguese cartographer, Cantino Planisphere (detail), ca. 1502. Map on parchment, 220 x 105 cm. Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Speakers include

  • Vanessa Antunes - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Piers Baker-Bates - The Open University
  • Joana Balsa - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Fernando António Baptista Pereira - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Nelleke de Vries - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Kelley Helmstutler di Dio - University of Vermont
  • Caterina Fioravanti - Independent Scholar
  • Bart Fransen - KIK/IRPA
  • Eduardo Lamas Delgado - KIK/IRPA
  • Eva March - Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Encarna Montero - Universitat de València
  • Francisco Montes - Universidad de Sevilla
  • Ricardo Nunes - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Elena Paulino - Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Alexander Röstel - Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome
  • Maria Sanz Julian - Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Marco Silvestri - Universität Paderborn
  • Maria Vittoria Spissu - Università di Bologna

Organised by

  • Costanza Beltrami - University of Oxford
  • Sylvia Alvares-Correa - University of Oxford

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Travelling Objects, Travelling People aims to nuance our understanding of the exchanges and influences that shaped the artistic landscape of Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Traditional narratives hold that late fifteenth-century Iberian art and architecture were transformed by the arrival of artists, objects and ideas from France, the Low Countries, and eventually Renaissance Italy, while 1492 marked a chronological rupture and the beginning of global encounters. Challenging these perceptions, this conference revisits the dynamics of artistic communication in late medieval Iberia, placing the peninsula in a global network, from Flanders to Florence, from Madeira to Santo Domingo. Bringing together contributions from international scholars working on Spain, Portugal and a range of related geographies, this event seeks to address the impact of ‘itinerant’ artworks, artists and ideas, and to investigate moments of encounter, conflict, and non-linear transfers of materials, techniques and iconographies.  


Day 1 – Thursday 10th December 

Opening remarks  

Panel 1: Nexus Objects  

Bart Fransen (KIK/IRPA), Two Fragments from the Predella of Juan de Flandes’ Altarpiece for the University Chapel in Salamanca 

Alexander Röstel (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome) and Caterina Fioravanti (Independent Scholar), Lorenzo Ghiberti, Rodrigo Borgia and the Cradle of the Iberian Renaissance: The Retrochoir and Chancel of Valencia Cathedral in the Fifteenth Century  

Francisco Montes (Universidad de Sevilla), The Jamuga of Cortés. An Islamic Throne Chair for the Conquest of Mexico 



Panel 2: Transmission and Image Chains  

Vanessa Antunes (Universidade de Lisboa), Travelling from Flanders to Portugal Via Techniques and Materials: the Portuguese Copy of the Painter Jorge Afonso to Quentin Metsys’s Painting The Angel Appearing to Saints Clara, Colette and Agnes  

Maria Sanz Julian (Universidad de Zaragoza), Original, Copies and Iconographic Traces in Illustrated Books at the End of the Middle Ages 

Nelleke de Vries (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Portable Passion. The Dissemination of Martin Schongauer’s Artistic Inventions in Spain 




Fernando António Baptista Pereira (Universidade de Lisboa), Importing Painting, Sculpture and other artistic objects from the Low Countries to Madeira during the Cycle of the ‘White Gold’ 


Day 2 – Friday 11th December


Panel 3: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost  

Piers Baker-Bates (The Open University), ‘In the Spanish Fashion’: Iberian Artists Travelling in Italy 1450–1550 

Eduardo Lamas Delgado (KIK/IRPA), Looking for Italy in Castile: the Iberian Career of Willem van Santvoort, a Netherlandish Assistant of Alonso Berruguete 

Marco Silvestri (Universität Paderborn), Family Ties and Diffusion of Architectural Knowledge: Migration, Networks and the Establishment of Two Sixteenth-Century Spanish Stonemasons in Latin America 



Panel 4: Stones Don’t Move  

Joana Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa), Ricardo Nunes (Universidade de Lisboa), All Saints’ Hospital in Lisbon: Artistic Exchanges in the Context of Hospital Architecture in the Renaissance 

Elena Paulino (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Negotiating the American space: Travelling Artists and Local Elites in the Architectural Configuration of Santo Domingo at the End of the Fifteenth Century 

Kelley Helmstutler di Dio (University of Vermont), Labor, Transportation and Technological Systems of Sculpture Exchange in Early Modern Europe  



Panel 5: Reconsidering Influence  

Encarna Montero (Universitat de València): Recomposing and Reframing the Northern Influence in Iberian Painting ca. 1400: the Crown of Aragon 

Eva March (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), The Itinerancy of Jan van Eyck’s Models: (Re) Creating Images of Power in Late Medieval Catalonia 

Maria Vittoria Spissu (Università di Bologna), A Missing Ring in the Iberian Marian Atlas: Transferring the Cult of the Seven Sorrows from the Habsburg Netherlands to Mediterranean Kingdoms in the Early Modern Age 


Closing remarks 


This event is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies


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