Insult to injury

The entry of Napoleon’s troops into Spain in early 1808 began a tragic period in the country’s history, known in Spain as the War of Independence, and in English as the Peninsular War (1808–14). Napoleon’s overthrowing of the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appointment of his own brother, Joseph, as King, inspired a popular revolt in…

The jewellery of Empress Margarita of Austria

This is the second post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘.  ‘Margarita was born on 12 July 1651, the daughter of Philip IV and Mariana of Austria. On 12 December 1666, she married Emperor Leopold of Austria and died seven years later in Vienna. The fact that the princess is wearing mourning…

Become a sculpture

‘Sculpture is Everything‘ explores the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture. Though not grand in scale or complicated technically, the video One minute sculptures by Erwin Wurm has become a favourite work in the Collection. In the video Wurm choreographs people and objects in awkward positions for up to a minute in duration.…

The jewellery of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia

This is the first of six posts by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘ currently on view at the Queensland Art Gallery. Barbara is giving a talk on jewellery this Saturday, 2:30pm. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566–1633), Philip II’s elder daughter and one of the most important women…

Queensland New Media Scholarship

With only days to go before the close of entries to the Queensland New Media Scholarship — excitement is starting to build around the office as the last assortment of applications come in. The prize is a substantial $25 000 towards professional development offered to a Queensland based emerging artist working in new media — the kind of…

Suffering, penance and martyrdom

The recent, widely reported example of an attempt by an elderly amateur artist to restore a fresco painting in the church of the Santuario de la Misericordia in the Spanish city of Borja, is an example of the continuing significance of local traditions and religious imagery in Spain. The ocean of imagery in which we…