Spain and the Hispanic World: A MOA Symposium

Date(s) - 04/11/2024 - 04/12/2024
All Day


Jim Clifton will give the keynote address at “Spain and the Hispanic World: A MOA Symposium” this week on Friday, April 12th at 10:00 AM in the BYU Museum of Art auditorium, is entitled, “The Four Last Things,” and he will be discussing one of the rarest and most fascinating groups of objects in the exhibition: the Ecuadorian sculptures of Death, a Soul in Hell, a Soul in Purgatory, and a Soul in Heaven.  There are no other objects quite like these in the world and are, without doubt, among the most riveting pieces in the show. We hope you’ll join us.


Title: “The Four Last Things”


About our guest:
James Clifton has been Director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Curator in Renaissance and Baroque Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 1994.  He has published extensively on early-modern European art and culture, especially concerning paintings, prints, and cabinets of curiosity, including recent essays on prints of Jesus in a flower-strewn bed; the erotics of armpits in the paintings of Joachim Wtewael and others; and chaos in Louis Finson’s Allegory of the Four Elements.  His curated and co-curated exhibitions include The Body of Christ in the Art of Europe and New Spain, 1150-1800 (1997); A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825 (2005); The Plains of Mars: European War Prints, 1500-1825 (2009); Scripture for the Eyes: Bible Illustration in Netherlandish Prints of the Sixteenth Century (2009); Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst (2012); Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael (2015); and Through a Glass Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt (2019).

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