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Artists, Agents and Patrons from the Low Countries in the Iberian World

Journée d'étude internationale et appel à contributions pour un numéro spécial de la revue

L'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique (IRPA) organise une journée d'étude qui vise à éclairer davantage notre compréhension des échanges et des influences artistiques entre les Pays-Bas et le monde ibérique au cours de la période 1400-1715.

Date et heure
09 décembre 2022 09:00 - 17:30
IRPA, Bruxelles


Traditionally, it is argued that from the 15th century onwards, Iberian art was transformed by the arrival of artists and art objects from the Low Countries. Numerous studies demonstrate the influence of great Flemish artists such as Jan Van Eyck, Michiel Coxcie, Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens.

However, the contribution of lesser-known artists, agents and patrons who moved, worked and exchanged between these European regions and with Latin America has not yet been sufficiently covered in a comprehensive manner. Nor has the intermediary role of other Netherlandish migrants such as merchants, soldiers, courtiers and priests.

Furthermore, this study day will reexamine the dynamics and models of cultural exchange between Netherlandish artists and the Iberian world, that is too often considered to have been produced in one direction only. It will address the impact of itinerant artists and the dissemination of ideas, styles and artworks, as well as the problems of migration and the transfer of materials, techniques, iconography, and production and commercial strategies.

The study day will bring together international researchers from academic and scientific institutions in France, Poland, Spain and Belgium. Presentations and discussion will take place in four different sections:

  • Migrant artists for the court and the high nobility
  • Netherlandish art in Iberia: an object-based approach
  • Agents, merchants and patrons
  • Spain and the Americas.

The meeting will complement and nuance the traditional accounts of the artistic relations between the two territories, highlighting the complexity of the global interactions and exchanges that linked the Iberian world and the Low Countries to each other, but also to Europe and the rest of the world.

Please find below the full programme. The entrance is free, but registration is required.


9.00 - Onthaal / Accueil / Welcome

9.40 - Onthaal / Accueil / Welcome | Christina Currie (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage)

9.45 - Inleiding / Présentation / Introduction | Valentine Henderiks (Université libre de Bruxelles)

  • Session 1: Migrant artists for the court and the high nobility | Chair: Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau (Musée du Louvre)

10.00 A Picard in Castile: Felipe Morros (Philippon Mauroux) as a painter and courtier of Isabella of Castile | Oskar Rojewski, University of Silesia

10.15 Jean Moné et l’Espagne | Géraldine Patigny, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

10.30 The Cueman family: a stylistic dialogue between Brabant and Spain | Oliver Kik, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

10.45 Discussie / Échanges / Discussion

11.00 Koffiepauze / Pause-café / Coffee break

  • Session 2: Flemish art in Iberia: an object-based approach | Chair: Didier Martens (Université libre de Bruxelles)

11.30 Ambrosius Benson et l’Espagne : la question du Maître de Ségovie | Sacha Zdanov, Université libre de Bruxelles

11.45 Dans l’entourage des Rois catholiques : le succès des modèles de Christ couronné d’épines boutsiens en Espagne | Thomas Unger, Université libre de Bruxelles

12.00 A Puzzle Piece from Juan de Flandes's Altarpiece for the University Chapel in Salamanca | Bart Fransen, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

12.15 Discussie / Échanges / Discussion

12.30 Middagpauze / Pause de midi

  • Session 3: Agents, merchants and patrons | Chair: Abigail Newman (Universiteit Antwerpen)

14.15 Joan Gregori : marchand et agent d’Alphonse le Magnanime en Flandre | Elsa Espín, Musée du Louvre

14.30 The glass-maker Teodoro de Holanda | Ana Diéguez-Rodríguez, Universidad de Burgos/Instituto Moll

14.45 Discussie / Échanges / Discussion

15.00 Koffiepauze / Pause-café / Coffee break

  • Session 4: Spain and the Americas | Chair: Abigail Newman (Universiteit Antwerpen)

15.30 The painter Simon Pereyns in Mexico | Reinout Reybrouck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

15.45 Priest painters of Flemish origin in Spain and America: the case of Juan de Roelas | Eduardo Lamas, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

16.00 Discussie / Échanges / Discussion

16.15 Afsluiting van de zitting / Clôture des travaux / Closing remarks | Valentine Henderiks (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Call for Papers for a Special Journal Issue

All speakers of the study day, as well as any interested scholar, are welcome to publish their research results on a special issue on the subject that will be prepared for an international and well-ranged art history journal.

Articles should be original and innovative, offering new research material and/or new perspectives on the subject covered by the study day. Please send proposals (max. 1 page) for articles between 20,000 and 50,000 characters in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Proposals are to be sent together with a short academic biography to Eduardo Lamas ( by the 15th of February, 2023. Selected proposals will be submitted to the journal’s peer-reviewed system and published in a special issue.

Submissions should include:

• Contact details, including name, e-mail address, city and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
• Short academic CV (c. 80-120 words).
• Abstract in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish (max. 1 page).
• List of 3-8 keywords for free subject indexing.



Organised by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Organising committee: Eduardo Lamas, Géraldine Patigny, Bart Fransen, Valentine Henderiks.

This programme has been made possible with the financial support of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium.

It is under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Archaeology of Belgium (ARAB-KAOB) and the Belgian Committee for Art History.

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