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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 Jasienski (Southern Methodist University), ‘Hablando a nuestro modo’: Art and Didacticism in Early Modern Hispanic Writing

3rd November 2021, 18:00 to 19:00, ZOOM

Discussions of painting and sculpture permeate early modern Spanish books of jurisprudence, religious doctrine, and political history. Why did writing about the making and viewing of art, broadly understood, lend itself to discussing difficult concepts in non-artistic fields? Painting and sculpture were intellectual endeavors that mediated between human and divine realms but they were also artisanal and handmade. This duality granted them broad conceptual applicability, encouraging numerous thinkers to deploy them metaphorically in the service of epistemology.

"Forma dei." Emblem from Nicolas de la Iglesia, Flores de Miraflores, Hieroglificos s
agrados, verdades figuradas, sombras verdaderas del Mysterio de la Inmmaculada [sic], Burgos: Diego de Nieua y Murillo, 1659, folio 22v.

Adam Jasienski received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2016 and is Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. His 2020 article, "Converting Portraits: Repainting as Art Making in the Early Modern Hispanic World," was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize by the College Art Association. His book on the intersections of religious imagery and portraiture is forthcoming in 2022 with Penn State University Press.

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