Social Narratives For Noble Art Collecting (Spain, 1750-1850)
This aim is intended to be pursued through the analysis of the ideological narratives on collecting deployed by Spanish ancient nobility, 1750-1850, focusing on the houses of Osuna, Alba and Medinaceli, among other families. These old noble houses had been displaying social narratives through collected objects since 16th century. Portraits, religious and historical paintings, a few masterpieces with acknowledged aesthetic value, weapons and many other different items had been collected, organized and narrated through the ideas of lineage and differentiation of social groups and estates. The analyses of the reorganization of these collections and their new discourses at the end of the Ancient Régime could offer valuable information about the social profile of these objects and their use as means of social structuration.