Oxford Sorolla Day

1 July 2019 9.00am 4.15pm


Weston Library (Map)




The first collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the National Gallery will see top experts from across Europe discuss the life and work of Spain’s foremost Impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla. Known as the ‘master of light’ for his iridescent canvases, Sorolla is currently exhibited at the National Gallery in the first UK exhibition in over a century.

Welcome by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, and Master of St Cross College, Carole Souter CBE.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery.
  • Javier Barón, Senior Curator and Head of Conservation 19thc. Painting at the Prado Museum, Madrid.
  • Richard Ormond, former Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery and former Director of the National Maritime Museum, director of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Project.
  • Blanca Pons-Sorolla, Head of the Sorolla Catalogue Raisonné Project.
  • Virginia Lladó-Buisán, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Bodleian Libraries.
  • Edmund Peel, former Director of Sotheby’s Spain.
  • Rafael Mateu, founding partner of Ramón y Cajal Abogados, and art law specialist.
  • Patricia Fernández Lorenzo, biographer of Archer H. Huntington.
  • Mónica Rodríguez Subirana, State Curator, Museum of Romanticism, Madrid, and member of the Joaquín Sorolla Catalogue Raisonné Project.
  • Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, Spanish Painting Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery

The symposium will be followed by the projection of the award-winning Sorolla: Journeys of Light documentary (Bronze Medal at the New York TV and Film Festival), a musical soirée and art display, and drinks at St Cross, Oxford.

The Oxford Sorolla Day has been organized by St Cross College, the Bodleian Libraries, and Spanish Studies at Oxford, in collaboration with the National Gallery.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

Please note, the tickets reserved for FOB members have now sold out, however there are still general tickets available that can be booked following the link. For more information contact fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  

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