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‘Hablando a nuestro modo’: Art and Didacticism in Early Modern Hispanic Writing

3 Nov 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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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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This event is part of the Zurbaran Center research Seminar Series, supported by the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs.


3 Nov
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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