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This cultural itinerary is an initiative of: 

The Carlos de Amberes Foundation is a private non-profit organization that develops programmes and activities in the arts and sciences and also organizes exhibitions, concerts, conferences and seminars.

Its founding objectives include contributing to European integration and developing closer ties, through culture, between Spain and the former Seventeen Provinces of the Low Countries (now Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and northern France). This explains the interest in developing a cultural itinerary to promote awareness of tapestries woven in Flanders and Brabant and preserved in Spanish collections.

The Carlos de Amberes Foundation has signed a cooperation agreement with the Spanish heritage body, Patrimonio Nacional, in order to carry out projects of common interest. One such project is this itinerary, aimed at making a significant part of the extensive royal collections safeguarded by Patrimonio Nacional, as well as collections from churches, cathedrals, monasteries and museums, known to the public.

   
   

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With the special collaboration of:

   

With the collaboration of:

Oncala Council; Cathedrals of Burgos, Lleida (La Seu Vella), Palencia and Zamora; Dioceseof Sigüenza-Guadalajara and Collegiate Church of Pastrana; Churches of St. Nicholas and St. Stephen, Burgos; Museum of Santa Cruz, Toledo; Museum of Lleida; Diocesan Museum of Albarracín

   

And sponsored by:

   
   

The creators of the project intend to continue adding content to the itinerary, describing further tapestries from the magnificent collections conserved in Spain.

 
   

Research director:

Miguel Ángel Zalama, professor of History of Art at the University of Valladolid

Miguel Ángel Zalama’s research interests centre on late medieval and Renaissance art, particularly relations between Spain and the Netherlands and Italy. He was curator, together with Paul Vandenbroeck, of the exhibition Philippe the Fair. Beauty and Madness, shown in Burgos and Bruges in 2006 and 2007, organized by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. He heads the University of Valladolid Research Group on Art, Power and Society in the Modern Age and has published widely on tapestries of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Research coordinator:

Vanessa de Cruz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow “Juan de la Cierva” (2011-2013) at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. She holds a PhD in History from the Complutense University of Madrid, and specialises in cultural and social history from the Golden Age. Her numerous contributions to conferences and publications focus on the study of feminine correspondence, women at Court and political, cultural and artistic relations between the Spanish Monarchy and the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Tapestry descriptions:

(in alphabetical order)

Carmen Berlabé (CB) is curator of the Museu de Lleida: diocesà y comarcal, and holds a PhD in Legal and Political Sciences (History of Art) from the Abat Oliba University. As well as working as an associate professor at the University of Lleida, she has curated several exhibitions and has participated as a researcher on several projects. Her publications focus on museology, gothic and Renaissance sculpture and painting, and especially on the tapestries kept in the Museu de Lleida.

Vanessa de Cruz (VDC) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow “Juan de la Cierva” (2011-2013) at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. She holds a PhD in History from the Complutense University of Madrid, and specializes in cultural and social history from the Golden Age. Her numerous contributions to conferences and publications focus on the study of feminine correspondence, women at Court and political, cultural and artistic relations between the Spanish Monarchy and the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Ana García Sanz (AGS), a graduate in History of Art from the Complutense University of Madrid, is curator of the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales, Madrid, part of National Heritage. She is a member of CIETA (Centre International d’Étude des Textiles Anciens, Lyon, France) and CODART (Curators of Dutch and Flemish Art). She specializes in the history of the monastery and its artistic collections, and has focused her research on the relevance of the works in their particular contexts. She is the author of numerous publications about the most relevant collections, including portraits, sculptures of the Christ Child and tapestries. She is part of, and collaborates with, several research groups related to art in the Modern Age, and participates in congresses and seminars as well as in exhibitions devoted to the increased awareness of the monastery’s treasures from differing perspectives.

Concha Herrero Carretero (CHC) is curator of Medieval Tapestries and Textiles for Patrimonio Nacional and holds a PhD in History of Art from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a board member of CIETA (Centre International d’Étude des Textiles Anciens, Lyon, France) and a member of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) Textile Working Group. Her many publications include three volumes of the Catálogo de Tapices del Patrimonio NacionalVocabulario Histórico de la Tapicería and Colección de tapices. Obras maestras de Patrimonio Nacional. She has curated several exhibitions on tapestries.

Annemarie Jordan Gschwend (AJG), who holds a PhD in History of Art from Brown University, is an independent researcher and member of the Além-Mar History Centre (CHAM, Portugal). A specialist in the Renaissance, she has focused on the study of the art collections of the Habsburg dynasty, with a particular emphasis on the use and provision of exotic objects from Asia and America. In 2012 she published a biography of Catherine of Portugal and is currently finishing a monograph on the imperial ambassador Hans Khevenhüller’s role as a collector and provider of exotic objects to the Habsburgs. Furthermore, she is carrying out a study on the artistic patronage of Princess Joanna of Austria.

Cecilia Paredes (CP) holds a PhD in History of Art, having written her doctoral thesis on the tapestries of the series Vertumnus and Pomona. She is currently working with the Administration de l'Aménagement du Territoire et du Logement (CDAATL) of the Brussels region and is a research collaborator with the Free University of Brussels. She specializes in the history of performances and in the study of artistic culture in the court of the Low Countries in the 16th century.

Jesús F. Pascual Molina (JPM) is a professor in the Faculty of History of Art in the University of Valladolid and a member of the member of the Art, Power and Society in the Modern Age research group He has worked on several aspects of the representation of power in the sixteenth century, and has published widely on the topic, in particular on the figures of Emperor Charles V and King Philip II.

Almudena Pérez de Tudela (APT) is a conservation technician for National Heritage at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. She specializes in the study of artistic patronage and the collections of Cardinal Granvelle and other notable figures from the reign of Philip II. She has worked in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museo del Prado.

Miguel Ángel Zalama’s (MAZ) research interests centre on late medieval and Renaissance art, particularly relations between Spain and the Netherlands and Italy. He was curator, together with Paul Vandenbroeck, of the exhibition Philippe the Fair. Beauty and Madness, shown in Burgos and Bruges in 2006 and 2007, organized by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. He heads the University of Valladolid Research Group on Art, Power and Society in the Modern Age and has published widely on tapestries of the 15th and 16th centuries.

 

Identification and edition of the characters in the tapestries by Vanessa de Cruz and Elena Vázquez

Geographical
and touristic texts:

Francesc Parra (FP), Gran Enciclopedia de España, Mienciclo

   

Photographs:

Tapestries from Albarracín, Burgos, Oncala, Palencia, Pastrana and Zamora:
 Paul M.R. Maeyaert © Carlos de Amberes Foundation

Tapestries from the National Heritage Collection&:
Paul M.R. Maeyaert © Fundación Carlos de Amberes/Patrimonio Nacional

Tapestries from Lleida:
© Museo de Lleida

Astrolabe Tapestry, Toledo:
Félix Sánchez Sobrino

Other images:
© Paul M.R. Maeyaert/Iberfoto, ©Iberfoto

   

Editing and revision of texts:

Vanessa de Cruz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow “Juan de la Cierva” at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation

Carolina García-Romeu, Carlos de Amberes Foundation

David Martínez Lozoya, Iberfoto

   

English translations:

Ailish Maher

TecTotal Traducciones

Matt Stokes, thanks to the collaboration of the Erasmus programme and the University of Oxford

   

Spanish translations:

Vanessa de Cruz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow “Juan de la Cierva” (2011-2013) at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation.Translation of original English texts by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend to Spanish

   

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José Antonio Bordegé, Creative Director, Grupo Enciclo

   

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