Female artists from Spain under the spotlight

The first ‘Hors les murs’ conference of the season has highlighted two female Spanish Renaissance painters. Organised by the Prince Pierre Foundation, ‘Outside the walls’ organises conferences around culture and events.

Jean-Charles Curau, Secretary General of the Prince Pierre Foundation, Jean-Luc Van Klaveren, Ambassador of Monaco in Spain, Leticia Ruiz Gómez, Speaker, Soledad Murillo, Secretary of State for Equality and Maria Luisa de Contes, President of the Association Femmes Avenir. © – Julia Robles

The conference was held on Monday 25th March in the presence of Jean-Luc Van Klaveren, Ambassador of Monaco in Spain, and Soledad Murillo, Secretary of State for Equality, at the Auditorium of the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Led by Leticia Ruiz Gómez, head of the Department of Spanish Renaissance Painting at the Prado Museum, the theme of the conference was ‘The female painter at the Prado Museum, Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana: two model female artists’.

The conference is a prelude to an exhibition dedicated to them by the famous Madrid museum from 22nd October 2019.

Sofonisba Anguissola (1535-1625) and Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) are two outstanding female painters in the history of Western art. Throughout their artistic careers, they gained recognition and renown among their contemporaries for and despite their status as female artists.

Since 2018, the Prince Pierre Foundation has strengthened its cultural influence by organising, both in France and abroad, conferences addressing topics related to culture and current events.

The next ‘Beyond the Walls’ conference will take place on 16thApril at the French Institute of the United Kingdom in London, during which Hans-Ulrich Obrist, curator, critic and art historian, will discuss ‘New Experiences in Art and Technology (NEAT)’.