The inaugural David Wilkie Scholarship, created by the CEEH, is awarded
The scholarship has gone to Danielle Smith, whose research interests lie in the socio-cultural functions of eighteenth-century Spanish visual culture, with a particular interest in artistic production in Madrid at that time. Her doctoral project at the University of Edinburgh will focus on the early history of domestically produced Spanish costume books, taking Juan de la Cruz Cano’s Colección de trajes de España (1777) as a starting point, with the intent of tracing the context and legacy of their production and their impact on a burgeoning artistic interest in the lives and affairs of the Spanish public.
Her Master’s thesis examined the genre paintings of Luis Paret y Alcázar as tools for historical myth-making. She has worked for the Queensland Art Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum, and is currently a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Art History at the University of Queensland (Australia).