Fourth International Workshop - Art and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

Jorge Sebastián Lozano Discussion

Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Their dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories. Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography. The advent of the Monarchia Hispanica under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national, religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of multilingual and multiethnic populations. This fourth workshop aims to highlight some of these strategies, and to consolidate a forum for discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of scholars from Spanish and American universities. It has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and University of Valencia.


16.00 Welcome, opening remarks and first panel.

- Animal Sightings: Art, Hunting, and Court Culture in Early Modern Spain.

Jodi Cranston, Professor, Dept. of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University.

- Consuming the Nude in Sculpture Collections at the Spanish Court.

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Professor of Art History, University of Vermont.




17.30 Second panel.

- Mirrors and Echoes: Reassessing Sofonisba Anguissola’s Interventions in Early Modern Portraiture.

Jorge Sebastián Lozano, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Valencia.

- The Material Moves of Courtly Crafts: Goan Game Boards in the Portuguese Empire.

Kelli Wood, Assistant Professor of Renaissance Art, University of Tennessee.


Both panels will be followed by Q&A and discussion. It will be moderated by Felipe Pereda, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art, Harvard University.

Refreshments will be served after the workshop.


RCC Conference Room. 26 Trowbridge St. Cambridge, MA


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