MENCÍA DE MENDOZA:
RENAISSANCE COLLECTOR AND PATRON
Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049
September 3-4 2003
The Getty Research Institute in collaboration with the Generalitat Valenciana, Subsecretaria de Promoció Cultural is hosting a symposium on September 3-4, 2003, "Mencía de Mendoza: Renaissance Collector and Patron." A two-day international conference at the Getty Research Institute
The conference will provide insight into one of the most important and still little known Renaissance collectors in Europe. Scholars will discuss the intellectual and artistic pursuits of Mencía de Mendoza, Marchioness of Zenete and Duchess of Calabria (1508-1554).
Mencia de Mendoza-Bio:
A descendant of the great cardinal Mendoza, Mencía de Mendoza (1508-1554), was the daughter of Rodrigo, first Marquis of Zenete and Maria de Fonseca and Toledo. Born in Jadraque, she soon left for Calahorra (Granada) and, later, to Valencia. Like most of her other famed Mendoza cousins, Mencía was educated in a humanist tradition.
At the age of 16, Mencía became the third wife of Hendrik III, Count of Nassau (d. 1538). She moved with her husband to the Netherlands, where they formed part of Emperor Charles V's court. Shortly after Mencía's arrival in Breda, she began to patronize many important Netherlandish artists, in particular Jan Gossaert and Bernard van Orley.
The Marchioness's interest in collecting was certainly not limited to paintings. She engaged numerous silversmiths and commissioned tapestries from Brussels and illuminated Books of Hours from the Bruges studio of Simon Bening. Her collection also included a variety of other objects, such as cameos, corals, drawings, gems, medals, and even dolls. Following Hendrik's death, Mencía returned to Valencia and married Ferdinand of Aragon, Duke of Calabria and Viceroy of Valencia, whose court in Valencia was the center of cultural activity in the region. Upon her death in 1554, she was buried in the convent of Santo Domingo, Valencia, where her parents lay.
The conference is being made possible by the generosity of the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana of the Generalitat Valenciana Conselleria de Cultura, Educació, i Ciéncia, Direcció Géneral de Promoció Cultural, the Getty Research Institute, the program for cultural cooperation of Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and universities in the United States and the University of Southern California.
Abbreviated schedule of events:
Tuesday, September 2
Evening welcome reception
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California
Wednesday, September 3
Conference papers, Getty Research Institute
Thursday, September 4
Conference papers, and closing reception at Getty Research Institute
Topics will include:
Richard Kagan, (John Hopkins.)
Spain & The Netherlands in the era of Charles V
Fernando Marías (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Doña Mencía de Mendoza, II Marquesa Del Zenete
Helen Nader (University of Arizona)
The World of the Mendoza Women
Felipe Pereda (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Women's patronage in 15th century Castile: Doña Mencía de Mendoza (†1500)
Dagmar Eichberger (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
The Art of Living: Margaret of Austria's principal residence and her
considered display of collectible objects
Arianne Faber Kolb (Berkeley)
Naturalia and Objects of Curiosity in Mencía de Mendoza's Collection
Mercedes Gomez Ferrer (Universidad de Valencia)
Mencia, Valencia duke of calabria THE PALACE AT VALENCIA
Paul Vandenbroeck (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp)
16th C. Aesthetic reception of Bosch
Thomas Kren (The J. Paul Getty Museum)
Simon Bening and Mencia de Mendoza: A Review of the Evidence
Maryan W. Ainsworth (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
A "Van Orley" for Mencía
Mari-Tere Alvarez (The J. Paul Getty Museum)Who's Who-A Mysterious Gossaert Portrait
Patricia Legorreta, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico D.F.
Marcus Burke, Hispanic Society of American, New York
Selma Holo, University of Southern California
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