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A Study Day at the Getty Center on February 24, 2009

Royal sculptor Luisa Roldán was one of the more influential artists in seventeenth-century Spain. This program sought to better understand how Roldán, as both an artist and woman, worked in the context of Seville, and how her work fit into the Baroque culture of Spain.

Seville was the gateway to colonial America and one of the largest urban centers in Baroque Europe. Panel discussions considered the influences, collaborations, and competition among artists and literati, and the role of women artists in Golden Age Seville.

The one-day program included presentations and discussion, as well as an evening reception and viewing of the related exhibition La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture.


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Schedule of Presentations

1:15–3:15 p.m.

Session I: Golden Girls in a Golden Age
Mari-Tere Alvarez, J. Paul Getty Museum, Moderator

1:20–1:40 p.m.

Mary Elizabeth Perry, Occidental College—Luisa Roldán: Sculpting the Clay of Her Own Life in Early Modern Spain

1:40–2:00 p.m.

Lisa Vollendorf, California State University Long Beach—Women and the Written Word in Early Modern Spain

2:00–2:20 p.m.

Alicia R. Zuese, Southern Methodist University—La décima musa sevillana: Ana Caro and the Literary Academy in Golden Age Seville

2:20–2:40 p.m.

Casey Gardonio-Foat, New York University—Daughters of Seville: Early Modern Women in Seville's Art Market

2:45–3:15 p.m.


3:15–3:45 p.m.


3:45–5:30 p.m.

Session II: Contexts and Influences
Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University, Moderator

4:00–4:20 p.m.

Jon L. Seydl, Cleveland Museum of Art—Murillo and Valdés Leal: An Exhibition of Collaboration and Competition in Late Golden Age Seville

4:20–4:40 p.m.

Lisa Zeballos, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)—Testaments of Faith: Collecting Devotional Images in Late Seventeenth-Century Seville

4:40–5:00 p.m.

Sofía Sanabrais, Los Angeles County Museum of Art—The Influence of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in New Spain

5:00–5:30 p.m.


Related Lecture

Art in an Age of Crisis and Decline: New Perspectives on Seventeenth-Century Seville
February 24, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

During the seventeenth century, Seville entered into a protracted period of economic crisis and demographic decline. Paradoxically, this same period represented one of the most glorious eras in the city's cultural history. Richard Kagan, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, highlighted those aspects of Sevillian society that helped keep the city's artistic inspiration and creativity intact.