Highlights from the Dress & Jewellery Workshop

As promised, our blog post this time features video footage from the Dress & Jewellery Workshop we held at the V&A in February this year. It shows a number of the participants who generously contributed their specialist knowledge on the day, as summarised in our last post, and gives a flavour of the lively exchange … Continue reading Highlights from the Dress & Jewellery Workshop

Comparative Textiles from the Victoria and Albert Museum Collections

Following our Workshop on Dress and Jewellery for the Unwrapping an Icon project at the Victoria and Albert Museum in February 2018, in this post we’d like to share a few of the comparative examples of textiles in the V&A collections that we examined during the event. Fig. A. The Lady’s fine, translucent veil with … Continue reading Comparative Textiles from the Victoria and Albert Museum Collections

WORKSHOP ON DRESS AND JEWELLERY, VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

The dress and jewellery represented in the Lady in a Fur Wrap portrait may provide invaluable clues as to the status and identity of the sitter and the dating of the portrait, yet the combination of elements remains puzzling. Over the years, scholars have commented on a number of aspects of the dress and jewellery … Continue reading WORKSHOP ON DRESS AND JEWELLERY, VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Visit to Banco Santander Collection

Our recent visit to the Banco Santander Collection, Madrid also provided much food for thought – with specific reference to the portrait of Doña Juana de Mendoza and a Dwarf there. As a result of our visit and our meeting with the Curator, María Beguiristain and Board members Paloma Botín and Belén Fernández, our further … Continue reading Visit to Banco Santander Collection

Unwrapping an Icon at the First Colloquium for Researchers in Textiles and Fashion, Terrassa

  Our project was also being talked about last month in Terrassa, a former textile town outside Barcelona. Lesley Miller (Professor of Dress History, University of Glasgow, and Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum), one of our team members, gave the opening paper at the First Colloquium for Researchers in Textiles and Fashion organised by … Continue reading Unwrapping an Icon at the First Colloquium for Researchers in Textiles and Fashion, Terrassa

Research Trip to Madrid, November 2017

Our recent research trip to Madrid was a major event in the project so far, thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Pippa Stephenson (Curator of European Art, Glasgow Museums), Mark Richter (Technical Art Historian, University of Glasgow) and I were able to benefit from a one-day workshop with our colleagues at the … Continue reading Research Trip to Madrid, November 2017

Unwrapping an Icon: What are the other paintings we’re looking at?

This month, we share a couple of photos of our recent study session of the X-ray of one of the comparative paintings we’re studying on the project. And we also explain a bit about these related portraits and why we’re including them as part of project. What are the other paintings we’re looking at? So … Continue reading Unwrapping an Icon: What are the other paintings we’re looking at?

Royal Society of Edinburgh Annual Awards Ceremony, 11th September

Our project highlights in the past month included attending the Royal Society of Edinburgh Annual Awards Ceremony on 11 September. RSE are one of our main funders, along with Santander Universities. Their award has enabled us to set up our Research Network with Glasgow Museums and National Trust for Scotland. We unveiled our Unwrapping an … Continue reading Royal Society of Edinburgh Annual Awards Ceremony, 11th September