Reattribution to Alonso Sánchez Coello

As a result of our collaborative Unwrapping an Icon project, we are now satisfied that all the evidence of stylistic and technical examination points to Alonso Sánchez Coello (c. 1531-88), principal portrait painter to Philip II of Spain, as the artist of the Lady in a Fur Wrap. The reattribution of this famous masterpiece has … Continue reading Reattribution to Alonso Sánchez Coello

A Big Thank-You to our Helpers!

Our main post by Rosie this time concerns our Project Symposium in February. It was an intensive affair, with many international contributors covering a wide range of disciplines. This, of course, also meant it required a lot of organisation, which we simply couldn’t have done without our wonderful team of curatorial interns and postgraduate students. … Continue reading A Big Thank-You to our Helpers!

Examining an ‘Arranged Pair’: the Portraits of Philip II and Anne of Austria

This month has seen further technical examination of two of the Stirling Maxwell Collection portraits in the ‘Unwrapping an Icon’ project. This is to help us to deepen our understanding of the techniques and materials being used in the studio of Alonso Sánchez Coello in sixteenth-century Spain and to compare our findings with those for … Continue reading Examining an ‘Arranged Pair’: the Portraits of Philip II and Anne of Austria

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

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