The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo

The Creation of Eve, after 1493 (Infrared)
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The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo is a jewel of the UAMA collection and one of the most important works produced in 15th-century Spain.  This altarpiece, also called a retablo, was made for the cathedral of the city (Ciudad) Rodrigo in the province of Salamanca, Spain, between the years 1480 and 1488, and after 1493.

The 26 paintings were primarily created by the artists Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé, and their workshops.  Although Gallego also collaborated with Bartolomé on the Altarpiece of the Church of Santa Maria in Trujillo (ca. 1490), little was known about Bartolomé’s work until research and restoration was completed on these panels between 2005-2008 by the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.

The style of painting is Hispano-Flemish, which was a hybrid of Spanish painting influenced by art made in the Northern European countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and parts of France and Germany. The importation and imitation of Flemish art in Spain was encouraged by Queen Isabella, who ruled the Spanish states of Aragon and Castile with her husband, King Ferdinand, from 1474 until her death in 1504.

These panels are part of the Samuel H. Kress Collection, an important gift of medieval and Renaissance works donated to the museum in the early 1960s.

Resources

View the Arizona Illustrated studio interview with former UAMA Executive Directer Charles Guerin

Hear from the scholars who researched the retablo in Retablo: Uncovering a 500 Year Secret from Arizona Public Media

Watch Dr. Barbara Anderson’s lecture In the Shadow of a Famous Master: Maestro Bartolomé’s Innovations in the Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo (requires iTunes software for viewing)

See Claire Barry’s presentation New Discoveries: The Making of the Ciudad Rodrigo Altarpiece (requires iTunes software for viewing)

Download the original invitation and lecture schedule for the Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 activities related to this exhibition. (Adobe Acrobat file, may take a moment to download)

Compare the retablo images to the under drawings online before your visit to see the full-size panels and infrared reflectograms at UAMA.

Experience the Fernando Gallego and His Workshop exhibition installation at the Meadows Museum