The Portuguese Campaign in Morocco and the Pastrana Tapestries of King Afonso V: Portraits of Knightly Prowess and the Legacy of a Famed Chivalric Epic
Barbara von Barghahn, Professor of Art History, The George Washington University
From the 1415 Portuguese conquest of Ceuta memoralized in Ghent by the diplomat-painter Jan van Eyck to the 1471 taking of Tangier commemorated in Tournai by the weaver Passquier Grenier, this lecture will address: historical portraits of gallant paladins in the North African contest of arms; the courtly display of martial excellence, power and prestige; and the glory of a contemporary epic which ushered in an epoch of exploration and subsequent alteration of the medieval world picture.
Jonathan Ruffer, chairman of Auckland Castle Trust, Eleven Arches, and Ruffer, LLP, presents the plans for the restoration of the former home of the Prince Bishops and the development of a collection of Spanish art as the central project for the revitalization of County Durham in Northern England. The presentation will be followed by an introduction to the work of Clyde Valentín, director of Ignite/Arts Dallas, an initiative of Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, to engage the larger Dallas community in the arts. Following the presentation, Samuel S. Holland, the Algur H. Meadows Dean of the Meadows the School of the Arts, SMU, will moderate a discussion about the positioning of the arts as catalysts for community engagement.