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Hertford College Lecture Looks at “Still Life Painting in the Golden Age of Spain”


Posted 03/12/2012
Posted by David Isgur

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A talk on the still life paintings that flourished across Europe in the first half of the 17th century will be held at the University of Hartford on Thursday, March 29, as part of the University’s annual Hertford College Lecture series. This was a time when artists turned to everyday objects as sources of inspiration, despite being held in low esteem by then contemporary theorists, says Oliver Noble Wood, who is University Lecturer in Golden Age Spanish Literature at the University of Oxford and fellow and tutor in modern languages at Oxford’s Hertford College.

Wood’s current projects include an analysis of illustrated editions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in early-modern Europe and a study of the library of the Count-Duke of Olivares, first minister to King Philip IV of Spain between 1621 and 1643.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is in the University’s Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford. For more information and tickets call 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

The Golden Age of Spain took place in the 17th century and the genre has resonated with successive generations of painters, patrons and collectors. The lecture of Oliver Noble Wood will focus on the development of still-life painting during Spain’s Siglo de Oro or Golden Age. The lecture will include noted artists of the period and talk about the genre’s principal characteristics of mysticism, self-reflexivity, overt theatricality and the obsession with the transience of all things human.

The University’s ongoing relationship with Hertford College of Oxford University includes a scholarship program for University of Hartford students to study at the College and an annual lecture at the University of Hartford by Hertford College scholars.