November 22, 2011
The IFA is proud to announce Professor Jonathan Brown's selection for the prestigious Bernardo de Galvez Prize in recognition of his pioneering work in the study of Spanish Golden Age painting, along with his decades of contributions to the intercultural dialogue between Spain and the United States, and the accessibility and appreciation of Spanish visual culture in the US. Professor Brown's work on Spanish painting focuses not only on the historical context and aesthetic aspects of these works, but on the keys to their conservation and restoration which have been essential to their proper care and preservation.
Professor Brown is one of the world's foremost authorities on the work of Velazquez and is also an expert in such Spanish masters as Murillo, Ribera and El Greco.
The Bernardo de Galvez Prize is an annual award given by the Fundación Consejo España-Estados (the Spain-US Council), a non-profit organization started in 1997 to facilitate reciprocal exchange between the societies of both nations. The award honors Bernardo de Galvez, who was a prominent diplomat, military figure and Governor of the Territory of Louisiana under the Spanish crown. He is remembered for providing essential supplies and ammunitions to the United States during the Revolutionary War.
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