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Welcome to the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art



The Zurbarán Centre is a Durham University research institution.

Since its launch in 2017, the Centre has engaged in major international research projects, conferences, public engagement activities, and pioneering exhibitions.

It collaborates with partners in the UK and abroad, and it offers opportunities for postgraduate and post-doctoral research.

The Centre is named after the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) whose series of paintings Jacob and His Twelve Sons have been at Auckland Castle for more than 250 years.

To find out about our upcoming activities, please visit our events page.

We aim to promote and generate cutting-edge research relating to Iberian and Latin American art and visual culture of all periods.

Professor Claudia Hopkins
Director 2020-2023, Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art


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Professor Stefano Cracolici served as the Zurbarán Centre’s first director from 2017 to 2020. Professor Claudia Hopkins took over the directorship of the Zurbarán Centre in 2020 until September 2023.


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View more videos of our recent events on our YouTube channel.

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Enquiries about the Zurbarán Centre should be sent via the email below.

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

Faculty of Arts and Humanities,
Elvet Riverside,
New Elvet,
DH1 3JT.