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Durham University

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

The Zurbarán Centre aims to promote and generate innovative research relating to the arts in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Since its launch in 2017, the Centre has engaged in major international conferences, research projects, and exhibitions, including the first UK exhibition of the works of Jusepe de Ribera (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2018) and the exhibition Roma en Mexico relating to nineteenth-century Spanish, Italian and Mexican art (Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City, 2019). An exhibition devoted to Scottish-Spanish Romanticism is planned for the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid (date to be confirmed). The Zurbarán Centre has developed collaborations with partners in the UK and abroad and launched an ambitious programme of fellowships and scholarships.

Professor Stefano Cracolici served as the Zurbarán Centre’s first director from 2017 to 2020. Since October 2020 the Zurbarán Centre is under the directorship of Professor Claudia Hopkins. 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 over 250 years.


Romantic Spain. David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil, Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, 8 October 2021 – 16 January 2022. For more information see here

Research Seminar Series, October - December 2021

Jointly organised by the Zurbarán Centre and ARTES Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in London.

The live, online seminar series provides an open forum for engaging with innovative research and exhibition projects relating to the visual arts in the Hispanic world.  The sessions usually take place on Wednesdays, 6.00-7.00 pm (UK time).

For further details, see here

Contact Details

Durham University,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000