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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Symposium: Paintings of the Spanish Golden Age: The Collections of County Durham

25th October 2014, 09:30 to 15:30, Palace Green, Durham University, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN

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 Rokeby Venus in Teesdale (now in the National Gallery, London).

Speakers include Gabriele Finaldi (Museo del Prado, Madrid), Letizia Treves (The National Gallery, London), Javier Portus (Museo del Prado, Madrid), Alistair Laing (former National Trust), Xanthe Brooke (Walker Art Gallery), Itziar Aranna (Academia de San Fernando, Madrid), and Véronique Gerard Powell, (University of Paris-Sorbonne).

To download the programme please click here.

The symposium will be accompanied at Auckland Castle by Hidden Treasures: Spanish Art in County Durham (15 October 2014 – 30 October 2015), an exhibition showcasing Spanish objects and artwork from across the region. The Bowes Museum is hosting a complimentary exhibition, Seventeenth Century Spanish Painting: The Golden Age (11 October 2014 – 1 February 2015), developed in partnership with Auckland Castle and Durham University’s Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

Contact a.m.beresford@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.