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Symposium

Key women in the creation of the Prado’s collections. From Isabella I of Castile to Isabel Clara Eugenia

7 and 8 March 2022

The creation of the collections of the Museo del Prado is closely linked to the artistic patronage undertaken by some of the most prominent female figures of the Spanish monarchy, from Isabella I of Castile to Isabel II. Nonetheless, it is easy to pass through the Museum’s galleries without observing this fact and without appreciating that some of its masterpieces are the result of women’s support for the arts.

To mark International Women’s Day, the Museo del Prado is bringing together leading international specialists for a symposium which will aim to draw attention to the women who promoted, collected and inspired some of the Museum’s most iconic works: women whose activities, dating between 1451 and 1633, coincide with the period between the birth of Isabella the Catholic and the death of Isabel Clara Eugenia. These queens, princesses, regents and governors played a key role not just with regard to the promotion of works of art but also in the principal settings of power and were largely responsible for the internationalisation of the Spanish monarchy.

This academic event will focus on issues of a methodological nature, analysing different historical trends and documentary sources relating to the subject of study. In addition to looking at who these women were and how their political responsibilities had a decisive impact on the works of art they commissioned, the principal lines of research deriving from these patrons’ artistic patronage in relation to the Museum’s collections will be presented, singling out their role as artistic and cultural mediators between the European courts. Alongside the theoretical sessions, a series of participative tours of the Museum will assist with a visualisation of both these women and the works of art they commissioned. These tours will offer a female-centred route through some of the great masterpieces in the Museo del Prado that fall within the chronological scope of this symposium (1451-1633).

Studies Center
Sign up
From 1 February to 1 March 2022 or until full capacity.
Schedule
The times given in the programme are Spanish mainland time.
Recipients
University students, researchers, professionals and the general public.
Location
Auditorium, Museo Nacional del Prado.
Price
Free.
Direction
Noelia García Pérez. Universidad de Murcia.
Organization
Museo Nacional del Prado.
In-person and online attendance
The sessions are open for in-person attendance until all places are filled. Online participation will also be possible via a link to the Zoom platform which will be provided to all those who register for the symposium.
Languages
There will be simultaneous Spanish-English translation throughout the symposium. The language in which the talks are given coincides with the one used for the title to announce it.
Collaborators
With the collaboration of the R+D+I project Portrait medals and female power in Renaissance Europe (I): Women of the Spanish Monarchy (MEFER), financed by the Ministry for Science and Innovation (MICINN/ AEI; PID2020-113346GB-C21) and with a funded project for its principal researcher from the department of Education and Culture of the Region of Murcia.
Contact
centro.estudios@museodelprado.es

Activity

Noelia García Pérez

Noelia García Pérez

Noelia García Pérez is titular professor of Art History at the University of Murcia. Her principal lines of research focus on female artistic patronage and the relationship between art, power and gender in the Renaissance. She has published extensively on these issues in journals such as Women’s History Review, Early Modern Women. An interdisciplinary Journal, Goya, The Book Collector, ARBOR and Culture & History. She is also the author, among other texts, of Miradas de Mujeres. El patronazgo femenino y el arte de Renacimiento (Nausicä, 2004) and El patronazgo artístico de Mencía de Mendoza (Nausicä, 2004). She was editor of the recent publications Mary of Hungary, Renaissance Patron and Collector. Gender, Art and Culture (Brepols, 2020), Isabel la Católica y sus hijas: El patronazgo artístico de las últimas Trastámara (Editum, 2020), María de Hungría y Juana de Austria. El patronazgo artístico femenino en las cortes del Renacimiento europeo (Tres Fronteras, 2020) and The Making of Juana de Austria. Gender, Art and Patronage in Early Modern Iberia (LSUP, 2021). At the present time she is engaged in editing the collective volumes Creating and Promoting the Public Image of Early Modern Women (Routledge, 2022) and Mujer y Retrato en el Renacimiento. Usos, funciones y formas de exhibición (Silex, 2022).

Since 2017 she has decisively contributed to making the University of Murcia a centre of reference for the study of female artistic patronage in the early modern age as the creator and director of the International Study Days for Research Art, Power and Gender.

During her academic career Noelia García Pérez has participated in numerous national and international competition-based projects, notably the one funded by the J. P. Getty Research Institute on Mencía de Mendoza’s artistic patronage. She is currently the principal researcher in the MICINN MEFER project Portrait medals and female power in Renaissance Europe (I): Women of the Spanish monarchy (2021-2024).

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Programme

CVs & Abstracts

Programa

2022

Mar
7
09.30 hSESSION I. State of the Question, Methodological Issues and Strategies of Dissemination
09.30 hPresentation of the symposium. Las mujeres de la Casas Reales (1451-1633) y la formación de las colecciones del Museo del Prado [Women of the Royal Houses (1451-1633) and the creation of the collection of the Museo del Prado]

Javier Arnaldo Alcubilla, Museo Nacional del Prado
Noelia García Pérez, Universidad de Murcia

10.00 hDocumentary sources for the study of women’s art patronage in the Early Modern Age: Making a balance, posing new perspectives of study

Sheila ffolliott, George Mason University; The Medici Archive Project

[Coffee break]

11.15 hTaxonomies of women's patronage in Early Modern Italy: Historiographic reflections and new directions

Sheryl Reiss, Newberry Library, Chicago

12.00 hRound table: Estrategias para visibilizar la promoción artística femenina: De la teoría a la práctica [Strategies for visualising female artistic promotion: From theory to practice]

M. Cruz de Carlos Varona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Dagmar Eichberger, Universität Heidelberg
Miguel Falomir Faus, Museo Nacional del Prado
Sheila ffolliott, George Mason University; The Medici Archive Project
Moderator: Javier Arnaldo Alcubilla, Museo Nacional del Prado

[Lunch break]

16.00 hSESSION II. Women Patrons in the Museo del Prado
16.00 hParticipative tour: El Prado en femenino I [The female Prado I]

Promotoras artísticas en el Museo del Prado (1451-1633) [Female patrons of art in the Museo del Prado (1451-1633)]

16.45 hLas mujeres de la Casas Reales (1451-1633): protagonistas en el Museo del Prado [Women of the Royal Houses (1451-1633): protagonists in the Museo del Prado]

M. J. Rodríguez Salgado, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Almudena Pérez de Tudela, Patrimonio Nacional

17.45 hParticipative tour: El Prado en femenino II [The female Prado II]

Obras maestras del Museo del Prado y sus promotoras artísticas: María de Hungría [Masterpieces of the Museo del Prado and their female patrons: Mary of Hungary]

Mar
8
09.30 hSESSION III. Principal Lines of Research
09.30 hLas mujeres ejercen el poder. Intuición artística y propaganda política al servicio de la Monarquía Hispánica [Women hold the power. Artistic intuition and political propaganda in the service of the Spanish monarchy]

María de Hungría [Mary of Hungary]:
M. J. Rodríguez Salgado, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Isabel Clara Eugenia:
Alejandro Vergara Sharp, Museo Nacional del Prado

[Coffee break]

11.30 hConstruyendo una imagen propia. Modelos políticos y estrategias iconográficas en la creación de la imagen de poder femenino [Constructing a self image. Political models and iconographic strategies in the creation of the image of female power]

Noelia García Pérez, Universidad de Murcia

12.15 hImágenes de devoción y exempla: Del culto público a la devoción privada [Images of devotion and exempla: from public cult to private devotion]

Palma Martínez-Burgos, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha

13.00 hDiscussion on “The female Prado” tours


[Lunch break]

15.30 hSESSION IV. Approaches to the Subject
15.30 hParticipative tour: El Prado en femenino III

Obras maestras del Museo del Prado y sus promotoras artísticas: Isabel Clara Eugenia [The female Prado III Masterpieces of the Museo del Prado and their female patrons: Isabel Clara Eugenia]

16.15 hRound table: Agencia y recepción artística. Intercambio de obras y promoción de artistas [Agency and artistic reception. The exchange of works and promotion of artists]

Dagmar Eichberger, Universität Heidelberg
Sheila ffolliott, George Mason University; The Medici Archive Project
Almudena Pérez de Tudela, Patrimonio Nacional
Modera: Vanessa de Cruz Medina, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha

17.15 hClosing talk: Who said the commissioner of Bosch’s so-called Garden of Delights was a man?

Paul Vandenbroeck, Illuminare - Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Art (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

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