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Johannes Peter is awarded the new Carl Justi Scholarship in Dresden

This year the Carl Justi Scholarship for the Technische Universität Dresden, funded by the CEEH, has been awarded to Johannes Peter, who studied Art History at Mainz, Göttingen and Seville and earned a master’s degree with distinction. The breadth of his interests (painting, decorative arts, coins and medals, architecture) is reflected in his publications and research (final degree project on Velázquez’s Forge of Vulcan and final master’s project on medieval coins of Fulda). Peter worked for the Vonderau Museum in Fulda and the Berlin State Museums for several years, as well as cocurating a major exhibition.

During the coming academic years Peter will focus his research on the interiors of Sevillian palatial homes from 1770 to approximately 1840/50, a subject that, unlike the Royal Sites in Madrid and the surrounding area, has yet to be studied. Newly built palaces – for example what is now the Casa de la Provincia – were decorated during those years and existing palaces such as that of Dueñas and the Real Alcázar were redecorated. Around 1800 Seville became ‘more European’ and a very popular destination for travellers: although local art trends continued to be appreciated – especially Mudejar and Baroque – the city became receptive to European Neoclassicism, and English- and French-style furniture gained ground. By the 1830s Seville was the capital of Romanticism in Spain, as reflected in period interiors and in the high consideration older styles of decoration enjoyed there. Part of his work will involve comparing the situation of Sevillian palatial homes with that of other palaces in various Spanish and European cities.

More information about the Scholarship