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International symposium

About the Dauphin's Treasure: Royal European Collecting

March 16, 17, and 18, 2020

In order to learn more about the Museo Nacional del Prado’s most important collection of sumptuary pieces, an international symposium will be held at the Museum’s auditorium on March 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Throughout these three days, the history, characteristics and components of the “Dauphin’s Treasure,” with an innovative museographical approach, will be studied and explained. This is thanks to the joint endeavors of the Conservation of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts Department, in collaboration with the specialist Letizia Arbeteta, and the Area of Education.

Expert researchers from Spain and other parts of Europe will gather to share with their audience a wealth of information on the various historical and material aspects of the Dauphin’s Treasure. Additionally, the collections of the European courts with which the Treasure is connected will also be examined, as well as how these collections were formed in the 17th century, the distinctive elements of their marks, and the truly exceptional cases made for the works in question.

Furthermore, the audience will be given a detailed explanation of the process of conceiving, designing and assembling a 40-metre-long curved showcase, planned to meet the highest technical standards in the field of art conservation. Information gleaned from the analyses carried out and technical images taken while restoring the entire Treasure and studying its stone materials will be made available as well.

The symposium will coincide with the temporary exhibition The Other Treasure: The Cases for the Dauphin, on view in Room 60 at the Museo Nacional del Prado.

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From 3 February 2020
Schedule
16, 17 and 18 March 2020
Recipients
General public
Location
Auditorium, Museo del Prado
Access
Jerónimos entrance
Price
€136 (concessions apply)
Coordination
Area of Education, Museo Nacional del Prado
Direction
Letizia Arbeteta Mira and Leticia Azcue Brea
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Admission fees

  • Standard: €136
  • Students, unemployed citizens and senior citizens: -50%
  • Teachers and arts professionals: -35%
  • Friends of the Museo del Prado Foundation: -20%

Symposium Program

The international symposium will be held on 16, 17 and 18 March and will be divided into the following sessions:

  • Session I: The Dauphin’s Treasure and its place in the History of Art 
    • Chaired by: Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, Deputy Director for Collections and Research, Museo Nacional del Prado.
  • Session II: The History of the Dauphin’s Treasure prior to its arrival at the Prado Museum
    • Chaired by: Letizia Arbeteta Mira, Museum Curator.
  • Session III: Royal European Collecting
    • Chaired by: Leticia Azcue Brea, Senior Curator of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts, Museo Nacional del Prado.
  • Session IV:  The Treasure: Historical and technical aspects 
    • Chaired by: Karina Marotta, General Curatorial Coordinator; Museo Nacional del Prado.
  • Session V: The Treasure’s New permanent display: Its state of conservation and restoration
    • Chaired by: Enrique Quintana, Chief Coordinator, Conservation and technical Department, Museo Nacional del Prado.
  • Session VI: “The Other Treasure”: The Cases for the Dauphin’s Treasure

Simultaneous interpretation, in Spanish and English.

Programa

2020

Mar
16
09.15 hArrival of participants, check-in and reception of documentation
09.45 hFormal inauguration

Addressed by Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, Deputy Director for Collections and Research, Museo Nacional del Prado

10.00 hThe Dauphin’s Treasure and its place among the great European dynastic Treasures

Letizia Arbeteta Mira, Museum Curator, author of the catalogue raisonné of the Dauphin’s Treasure

10.45 hThe Dauphin’s Treasure: Critical fortune and vicissitudes

Leticia Azcue Brea, Senior Curator of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts, Museo Nacional del Prado

12.00 hSumptuary Arts of the Court of Louis XIV

Daniel Alcouffe, Emeritus Curator, Department of Objets d’Art, Musée du Louvre

12.45 hWorks in the Louvre that belonged to the Dauphin

Philippe Malgouyres, Chief Curator, Department of Objets d’Art, Musée du Louvre

13.30 hDiscussion
15.30 hThe Treasure in the times of Philip V of Spain

Mercedes Simal, Lecturer, History of Art, University of Jaén

16.15 hA mineralogical appreciation of the Treasure in the times of Charles III of Spain. The Royal Cabinet of Natural History

Santiago Merino, Director, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid

17.00 hRoyal and Aristocratic Collections in sixteenth- century Spain

Almudena Pérez de Tudela. Curator, Real Monasterio de El Escorial, Patrimonio Nacional, National Heritage

17.45 hDiscussion
18.30 hViewing of the Dauphin’s Treasure and of the temporary exhibition of the Cases for the Treasure, at will
Mar
17
09.30 hLapidaries and Goldsmiths of Pietre Dure in Milan: New contributions

Paola Venturelli. Lecturer, History of Art, University of Verona. Chief Scientist at the Fondazione Gianmaria Buccellati, Milán

10.15 hJoint suppliers of works of art for Louis XIV and the Dauphin

Stéphane Castelluccio, Researcher, HDR of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre André Chastel, Paris

11.30 hPoints of contact between the collections in Vienna and in Madrid. The Miseroni

Paulus Rainer, Curator, Kunstkammer and Imperial Treasury, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien

12.15 hTaste and Style: Splendid rock crystal works from the 16th to the 18th Century in the Dresden Green Vault (and the purpose of leather cases)

Jutta Kappel, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Grünes Gewölbe, Dresden (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)

13.00 hSpecific Carving Techniques of Idar-Oberstein and Gemstones in the Surrounding Areas

Annette Fuhr, Director of the Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum (Gemstone Museum of Germany), Idar-Oberstein

13.45 hDiscussion
16.00 hThe Spanish Silver mark system (1650-1750)

José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos, Full Professor Emeritus, Honorary Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

16.45 hThe Role of Goldsmiths in the constitution of princely collections of gems: The Problem of marks and its limits from the 16th to the 17th centuries in France

Michèle Bimbenet-Privat, General Curator, Department of Objets. Musée du Louvre

17.30 hDiscussion
18.00 hViewing of the Dauphin’s Treasure and of the temporary exhibition of the Cases for the Treasure, at will
Mar
18
09.00 hThe Challenge of a new project: Considerations and requirements for a recovered space in the Villanueva Building

José Antonio Asensio, Programming Coordinator, “Hall of Realms” Project

09.45 hPreventive conservation and display of the Dauphin’s Treasure: A new paradigm in comprehensive museography

Marta Hernández Azcutia, Head of the Permanent Collection Service, Museo Nacional del Prado

10.30 hThe Challenge of a new museography for a unique collection

Jesus Moreno, Architect, Exhibit designer

11.45 hAnalyses and technical images of the works in the Treasure

Laura Alba. Technical Specialist, Documentation and Laboratory. Museo Nacional del Prado

12.15 hConservation and restoration of the Dauphin’s Treasure

Elena Arias. Conservator, Decorative Arts. Museo Nacional del Prado

13.15 hStudy of the stone materials in the Dauphin’s Treasure

Sonia Tortajada. Conservator, Sculpture. Museo Nacional del Prado

13.45 hDiscussion
16.00 hThe Cases for the Dauphin’s Treasure as luxury containers: The cases made for the Metellino vases

Letizia Arbeteta Mira, Museum Curator, author of the catalogue raisonné of the Dauphin’s Treasure

16.45 hMaterials and techniques employed in the making of the cases for the Dauphin’s Treasure

Felix de la Fuente Andrés, Deputy Director, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. Madrid

17.30 hDiscussion and Conclusions
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