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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

Fernando Loffredo (Stony Brook University), A Corsair History of Sculpture: Abducting Italian Fountains in the Early Modern Spanish Mediterranean

27th October 2021, 18:00 to 19:00, ZOOM

This talk explores the transformative power of art circulation by analyzing surprising narratives of abducted fountains across the early modern Mediterranean under the Spanish political influence. Stories of Italian fountains kidnapped by corsairs while being shipped to the Iberian Peninsula, stolen by Spanish viceroys, or amazingly rescued during the Battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Empire will be the core of this conversation. These narratives reveal a widespread desire for fountains throughout the Mediterranean, which generated a sequence of geographical dislocations and cultural translations. Sometimes demonstrable facts, sometimes charming legends linked to the suggestive visual and political power of water, these episodes disclose the life of monumental art in motion and subvert the traditional reading of fountains as site-specific objects.

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