CEEH Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica

New Associate Curator of Spanish Painting at the National Gallery, London

Daniel Sobrino Ralston, who specializes in the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century Spain, has served as the Acting Associate Curator of Paintings 1600–1800 (2022–2023) and the CEEH Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings (2021–2022) at the National Gallery, London. During his tenure at the National Gallery, he has contributed to the catalogues of Saint Francis of Assisi and After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art, writing on Spanish art from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. His reattribution of a painting in the collection to Murillo was published in the catalogue of the Kimbell Art Museum’s recent exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth. In addition, he has lectured widely on Spanish topics, ranging from the nineteenth-century reception of Velázquez to the affinities between the work of El Greco and Dalí.

Before arriving in London, Ralston was the Meadows Curatorial Fellow at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, where he curated Sorolla in the Studio, a focused exhibition that explored the artist’s working methods. His PhD dissertation, which he is completing at Columbia University, considers Mariano Fortuny and other Spanish painters of the 1860s and 1870s in relation to the art of their French contemporaries, especially Édouard Manet. In New York, he contributed to collection research on Spanish paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hispanic Society of America. He received his BA in art history and Spanish from the University of British Columbia. His work has also been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2017–2018) and a research grant from the Casa de Velázquez (2021).

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