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Ms Patricia Manzano Rodríguez

PhD Research

PhD candidate in Art History and Architecture

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PhD Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  


I am a PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Before coming to Durham I graduated with honours in History of Art (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and completed an MA in Contemporary Art (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Museo Reina Sofía). I was also part of the Erasmus exchange programme and spent a year abroad at the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate student. During my formative years, I gained work experience in the field of Curating Practices and Museum Studies, collaborating with institutions such as the Friends of the Prado Museum Foundation, the Centre for Research Collections of the University of Edinburgh and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. My PhD dissertation, supervised by Professor Stefano Cracolici and Dr Edward Payne, focuses on Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (ca. 1611-1667), who is better known for being Diego Velázquez's son-in-law and a velazqueño, a term used to describe the painters of the atelier and entourage of the master. My research interests have always revolved around Spanish Baroque art. Therefore, my project considers the issues of authorship, canon and authenticity in Early Modern Spain applied to Mazo's artistic reception and its broader implications for the study of the velazqueños as a group.

Research interests

  • Collections and curating practices
  • Museum studies
  • Hispanic Baroque Art and Architecture

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