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Javier Azanza, Professor of School

References of the series that the Museo del Prado organizes in partnership with the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:32:00 +0000

This series, previously called Annual Lecture Series, has been renamed from this edition lecture series Francisco Calvo Serraller, in memory of and in tribute to its organizer, Professor Francisco Calvo Serraller, who passed away in November 2018.

The lecture series of the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado has more than thirty years of experience, with an annual call of great national and international prestige, in which the best specialists in the world of culture participate. These conferences have become forums for reference letter and a unique phenomenon due to their monographic approach and the prestige and quality of the specialists in charge of giving them. The cycles provide a more complete knowledge of the rich heritage that the Museum holds. In addition to the Museo del Prado and the Museo Universidad de Navarra, this year's series is being held at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, the Fundación Barrié at its headquarters in A Coruña, and Caixaforum in Barcelona, Girona, Zaragoza and Seville. In the case of the Prado, in its broad format of a score of conferences taking place between October 2019 and March 2020. In the remaining venues, in an abbreviated format with a selection of lectures from the main program. 

This is the fourth edition hosted by the Museum of the University of Navarra, following the celebration of the previous three: the first, which was held from October 19 to November 30, 2016, at topic The Prado Museum: historical milestones of its collections; the second, The Prado Museum: the era of geniuses, took place from January 9 to 30, 2018; and the third, The Prado Museum: fantastic art, from January 9 to 30, 2019.

Throughout these three editions, renowned speakers have been present, including, in addition to Francisco Calvo Serraller himself, Miguel Falomir on the eve of his appointment as director of the Museo Nacional del Prado; heads of various Departments of the art gallery such as Andrés Úbeda, Manuela Mena, Leticia Ruiz and Javier Portús; and professors and specialists such as Gonzalo Borrás, Rocío Sánchez Ameijeiras, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Fernando Marías, Isidro Bango and Agustín Sánchez Vidal.

The fourth edition is entitled degree scroll Because you have seen me, you have believed. The New Testament in Art, and will be held at the University Museum on Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020. It deals with what throughout history has been drawn, painted, sculpted, at final, what has been made visible so that we would believe. From the frescoes in the catacombs of Rome to Francis Bacon's crucifixions, countless creations of Western art are inspired by the ideas, stories and characters of the New Testament. Without its knowledge it is not possible to understand two millennia of art, including much of what we cannot consider religious.

This series, which completes the one that the Foundation dedicated to the Old Testament in the 2015-2016 academic year, analyzes that influence in the broadest and most inclusive way possible by the hand of relevant specialists, through the visual arts, the collections of the Prado Museum, architecture, music and film.

On this occasion the speakers are Alicia Rodés, Art Historian, with the lecture "Y el poder del Altísimo te cubrirá con su sombra: dos milenios de la Anunciación en el arte"; Trinidad de Antonio, Art Historian, with the lecture "Venid, prtrémonos reverentes, doblmos la rodilla ante el Señor nuestro Hacedor. Birth and Epiphany"; Xavier Bray, director of The Wallace Collection of London, with the lecture "Ecce Homo (Behold the man); the human presence"; and finally Juna Angel Vela del Campo, essayist and music critic, with "Passions in film music".

In addition to the prestige of the lecturers and the quality of the conferences, an equally attractive aspect of the series is its approach multidisciplinary . Most of them have had painting as the object of study, but the point of view from which it has been approached has varied: formal, iconographic, from the donation and deposit of works in the Museum, conservation and collecting. In addition, questions of architecture and sculpture, theory of the arts, cinema and music have also been addressed, all of which offers a varied and highly enriching panorama for the audience.

Last but not least, accredited specialization is the work of the organizers, sponsors and collaborators of the series, without whose partnership it would not be possible and we would not have the opportunity to enjoy this important cultural event in the city of Pamplona. The organization of the cycle runs to position of the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado and the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra; the sponsorship corresponds to Viscofan; and as collaborators are the Museo Universidad de Navarra and the Fundación Diario de Navarra.

Francisco Calvo Serraller (Madrid, 1948-November 16, 2018)

Full Professor Art History at the Universidad Complutense and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, between 1993 and 1994 he directed the Museo del Prado.

He was a founding member, vice-president and manager of the academic line of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, an institution from which, for almost four decades, he has directed countless Cultural Activities Office and promoted projects such as the Enciclopedia del Museo del Prado or the annual cycle of conferences.

He was partner and advisor of art issues of the newspaper El País since its foundation and manager of the art criticism of the newspaper since 1979. He directed courses in various institutions and participated in international congresses and seminars. He curated important exhibitions such as: Goya. The Image of Woman, Picasso. Tradition and avant-garde, Spanish painting from El Greco to Picasso, Modigliani and his time, Spanish art in the IVAM collection, Goya and the Infante Don Luis: kingdom and exile and The Prado Museum and contemporary artists.