8-11 May 2017

The Great Debate on Images: The Catholic Monarchy and its Atlantic Empire

Casa de Velázquez, Madrid

Coordinated by: Felipe Pereda (Harvard University), María Cruz de Carlos Varona, (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Nicolas Morales (EHEHI, Casa de Velázquez)

Harvard University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Excelencia UAM-CSIC, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), École française de Rome, Telemme (UMR 7303 Aix-Marseille Université-CNRS)


Cloe Cavero travelled to Madrid to attend a workshop on sacred images at the time of the Reformation.

The aim of this doctoral workshop was to address three fundamental aspects:

1) The historical debate and its relationship with the history of the Reform

2) The geography of the problem

3) The new discourse of a reformed Art, Protestant and Catholic alike


In addition to the workshop that took place in the Casa de Velázquez, the participants had the opportunity to enjoy the presentations by scholars Teresa Posada Kubissa of the Museo del Prado, and Agustín Bustamante, Fernando Marías and SACRIMA collaborator María Cruz de Carlos in the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The closing workshop took place in the Sala Cervantes of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, where the participants saw unique pieces such as Francisco de Holanda’s De aetatibus mundi imagines.