Collecting and Recollecting: Recuperating Family Memory in the House of Alba…

Recientemente, la investigadora Whitney Dennis (UNED/POLENO) ha publicado un capítulo en el libro colectivo “Mapping Art Collecting in Europe (1860-1940)” coordinado por Milena Wozniak-Koch y editado en Brill, donde estudia la recuperación de la memoria familiar de la Casa de Alba a finales del siglo XIX y comienzos del siglo XX a través de las obras que estos nobles atesoraban en sus colecciones artísticas.

Reading between the lines: The Alba collection after the end of entailment (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)

La investigadora Whitney Dennis (UNED/POLENO) acaba de publicar un artículo titulado: “Reading between the lines: The Alba collection after the end of entailment (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)” en el prestigioso Journal of the History of Collections. A continuación, os adjuntamos el resumen:

The end of entailed estates, or ‘mayorazgos’, in Spain brought about an unprecedented movement of art objects, although paradoxically the dispersal of art collections also gave rise to a renewed valuation of their restoration as a way to symbolize the restoration of the ‘mayorazgo’. The legislation that ended the status of the ‘mayorazgo’ also gave rise to the proliferation of documentation on collections, often resulting in their reordering in a way that reflected the new paradigms of the institutionalization of the arts. This paper will shed light on the strategies adopted by the dukes of Alba at this complex crossroads, as they navigated the uncharted waters of managing an art collection during and immediately following its disentailment, balancing financial interests and cultural distinction in the transition from the Old to the New Regimes.