CONF: Cultural Crossroads. Artistic Encounters between the Low Countries and Spain, 15th-17th Centuries. Flemish Paintings in Spain (Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren, Brussels, 24 Nov 2023)

The export of art produced in the Southern Netherlands to the Iberian Peninsula is a well- known research topic. The importance of the economic links, based mainly on the trade in wool from Castile for the looms of Flanders and Brabant, contributed to the creation of a commercial network for the dissemination of works from the North throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

In addition, the close diplomatic and dynastic ties between the houses of Burgundy and Habsburg on the one hand and the Catholic sovereigns of Spain on the other favoured the emergence of major patrons. These included Isabel the Catholic, but also Diego de Guevara. Numerous paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and stained-glass windows thus found their way into Spanish collections, whether private or public, civil or religious, where they have often remained to this day.

Since 2020, the Instituto Moll (Madrid) and the Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren (Brussels) have been carrying out a research programme aimed at identifying and studying the art of the Southern Netherlands from the 15th to 17th centuries that is still preserved in Spanish collections today. To continue the dynamic initiated by these predecessors, the Instituto Moll and the Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren are organising a series of study days dedicated to this subject. The aim of this first study day, focusing on paintings, is to offer short contributions on a little-known Flemish painting or group of paintings (15th-17th century) preserved in Spain.

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