Art, Travel, and Exchange between Iberia and Global Geographies, c. 1400–1550

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Traditional narratives hold that the art and architecture of the Iberian Peninsula in the late 15th century were transformed by the arrival of artists, objects, and ideas from northern Europe. The year 1492 has been interpreted as a radical rupture, marking the end of the Islamic presence on the peninsula, the beginning of global encounters, and the intensification of exchange between Iberia and Renaissance Italy.
This volume aims to nuance and challenge this narrative, considering the Spanish and Portuguese worlds in conjunction, and emphasising the multi-directional migrations of both objects and people to and from the peninsula. This long-marginalised region is recast as a ‘diffuse artistic centre’ in close contact with Europe and the wider world. The chapters interweave several media, geographies, and approaches to create a rich tapestry held together by itinerant artworks, artists and ideas.
Contributors are Luís Urbano Afonso, Sylvia Alvares-Correa, Vanessa Henriques Antunes, Piers Baker-Bates, Costanza Beltrami, António Candeias, Ana Cardoso, Maria L. Carvalho, Maria José Francisco, Bart Fransen, Alexandra Lauw, Marta Manso, Eva March, Encarna Montero Tortajada, Elena Paulino, Fernando António Baptista Pereira, Joana Balsa de Pinho, María Sanz Julián, Steven Saverwyns, Marco Silvestri, Maria Vittoria Spissu, Sara Valadas, Céline Ventura Teixeira, Nelleke de Vries, and Armelle Weitz.

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Costanza Beltrami, Ph.D. (2020), Courtauld Institute of Art, is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Stockholm. Her research focuses on gothic architecture in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Recent publications include ‘Memory, Modernity, and Anachronism at the Convent of San Juan de Los Reyes, Toledo’, in Lateness and Modernity in Medieval Architecture (Brill, 2023).
Sylvia Alvares-Correa, Ph.D. (2023), University of Oxford, is Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford. Her research focuses on cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Portugal in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Recent publications include ‘Crusading in a Lisbon Convent: The Making and Meaning of The Passion of Christ in Jerusalem (Lisbon, ca. 1500)’, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, 15/2 (2023).
Postgraduate students and academic readers in History; Art History; Hispanic, Spanish, and Portuguese Studies, especially of the medieval and early modern periods.
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