New Book | A Surviving Legacy in Spanish America

Posted in books by Mattie Koppendrayer on June 13, 2014

From the Antique Collectors Club:

María Campos Carlés de Peña, A Surviving Legacy in Spanish America: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Furniture from the Viceroyalty of Peru (Madrid: Ediciones El Viso, 2014), 448 pages, ISBN: 978-8494006180, $75. 

image (2)María Campos Carlés de Peña, a leading expert in furniture history, has undertaken an exhaustive project of research into the large and varied production of furniture made in Peru in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—the colonial period—for churches, convents, monasteries and private collections. Over eleven chapters she provides a thorough description of this type of furniture, which was inspired by artistic styles ranging from Mannerism to Neoclassicism, with their many variants and creators. Her analysis allows for an appreciation of the way vice-regal furniture in Peru is a valuable witness to its time: an example of a syncretism of varied and different cultures, endowed with symbolism, iconographic meaning and enormous beauty.

The Burlington Magazine, June 2014

Posted in books, exhibitions, journal articles, reviews by Editor on June 13, 2014

The eighteenth century in The Burlington:

The Burlington Magazine 156 (June 2014)

1335_201406A R T I C L E S

• Meredith M. Hale, “Amsterdam Broadsheets as Sources for a Painted Screen in Mexico City, c. 1700,” pp. 356–64.
European print sources for a twelve-panel screen made in Mexico City (c. 1697–1701).

• Alvar González-Palacios, “Giardini and Passarini: Facts and Hypotheses,” pp. 365–75.
New documents on the gold- and silversmith Giovanni Giardini (1646–1721).

• Koenraad Brosens and Guy Delmarcel, “Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles: Italians in the Service of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Leyniers Tapestry Workshop, 1725–55,” pp. 376–81.
A seven-part series of tapestries made by Daniel Leyniers (1752–54) in the Villa Hugel, Essen, based on Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles (woven 1516–21).


• Simon Jervis, Review of the exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, pp. 391–94.

• Christopher Baker, Review of Christopher Rowell, ed., Ham House: 400 Years of Collecting and Patronage (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the National Trust, 2013), pp. 398–99.

• Kate Retford, Review of the exhibition catalogue Moira Goff et al, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style, and the Making of Modern Britain (British Library, 2013), p. 401.

• David Pullins, Review of the exhibition From Watteau to Fragonard: Les Fêtes Galantes, pp. 408–10.

• Philippe Bordes, Review of the exhibition Le Goût de Diderot, pp. 413–15.

Evening Lecture | Beyond the Ropes: National Trust Collections

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on June 13, 2014

From Spectator Events:

Beyond the Ropes: A Closer Look at National Trust Collections
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, 7 July 2014

The National Trust looks after some 200 individual collections, with more than a million objects in its care. Together, they include nearly 14,000 paintings—the single largest collection in the UK. What can these outstanding collections tell us about the families who built them, and what historical and artistic narratives might they yet reveal? How have they been passed to the Trust, and how do they continue to grow? And are they beginning to benefit from the expansion of government incentives for philanthropy?

Join our panel of experts for an evening of discussion and debate about the National Trust collections, their formation and future. A drinks reception will follow the talk.

Thomas Marks (Editor, Apollo Magazine) and David Adshead (Head Curator, the National Trust), with more speakers to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30 and the discussion begins at 7:00. Tickets are £20 and can be booked here.

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