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Durham University

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art


Research Seminar Series organised by Durham University's Zurbarán Centre with the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in London

October-December 2021

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).

Booking is essential. To register and to receive a link, please sign up here

For further information about the seminars, see and

Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling - In Ictu Oculi, In the blink of an Eye. Rethinking the relationship between Authenticity and Originality

13th October 2021, 18:00 to 19:00, ZOOM

The seminar introduces the innovative exhibition display curated by the Madrid-based Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña at the new Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, which incorporates a collection of facsimiles of paintings, sculptures and architecture. Among them are the sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera by Alonso Berruguete, a sculpture of the risen Christ by El Greco in its tabernacle from the Hospital de Tavera, the memento mori paintings by Valdés Leal from the Hospital de la Caridad, carvings and tiles from various buildings, such as the Casa de Pilatos.

This thought-provoking talk, given live from the Gallery, will address issues of technology, new approaches to museum display, aura and authenticity, whilst also providing insights into the creativity and thinking that underpinned the visual arts in early modern Spain.

Further information on Factum Foundation and the Spanish Gallery (due to open on 14 October), please see:

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