‘‘The Fountain of Grace: Its Commission and the Converso Matters in 15th Century Spain,” will be presented by Manuel Parada López de Corselas, a postdoctoral Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University and Juan de la Cierva researcher with the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
A key work for the history of art, The Fountain of Grace still raises a host of unknowns motivated largely by its iconographic program, which complexity is comparable to that of the Polyptych of the Mystic Lamb. Today its links with Jan van Eyck’s workshop are not challenged, but who was the intellectual author of The Fountain of Grace? Its relationship with Spain goes far beyond the Valencian tiles or the donation to the Monastery of Parral by Enrique IV of Castile.
This talk is the result of joint research in the framework of the first R & D contract signed between the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Prado Museum. It presents the general European panorama related to the religious message of The Fountain of Grace, the interpretive keys and the texts that allow to identify the intellectual author of its iconographic program.
We will delve into a complex and striking panorama around one of the most controversial issues of the 15th century in Europe: the integration of Converso Jews in Christianity. In this context, Castile and The Fountain of Grace were at the forefront of international theological debate and artistic patronage. The Fountain of Grace reveals itself to us as a mirror for princes devised by the Jewish convert Bishop Alonso de Cartagena and intended for Prince Enrique—future Enrique IV—in support of the same policies about the Conversos respected during the reign of his father Juan II.
This event is presented with support from the Art History Baldwin Lectures Endowment and the Allen Memorial Museum of Art.