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Start of the III edition of the "Escuela de Barroco" of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation "The triumph of Europe, society and power in the Baroque era"

November 10, 2006

  • Monday 13 November at 19.30, inaugural lecture “The power of the crown” by Miguel Artola, professor of Spanish History at the UAM. The conference will be of free access to all the interested people.
  • At 18:00 hours, it will be a press conference of “Escuela de Barroco”, by Miguel Artola and Antonio–Miguel Bernal, president of the academic council.
  • Included in the UIMP´s Autum program 2006 in Seville.

Seville, 10 November 2006. On Monday 13 November, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) will launch the third year of the Escuela de Barroco (Baroque School) that will take place from 13 to 16 November at the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, under the title The triumph of Europe, society and power in the Baroque era.

The inaugural lecture, “The power of the crown” will be given by Miguel Artola, professor of Spanish History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, fellow of the Royal History Academy, holder of the Prince of Asturias Social Science Prize and director of this third year at the Escuela del Barroco. Entry to the lecture is free up to the maximum seating capacity.

This session will also look at the objectives of the course and will present the speakers of the lectures that will take place during the week. These lectures, which are led by prestigious and well know academic specialists, will be supplemented with a series of organ recitals from new artists.

The objective of the course is to look at baroque society and lifestyle in depth with lectures that encompass themes as varied as “popular culture”, “diplomacy” or “the perseverance of women” during the baroque period and the relationship between civic life and the power of the rulers.


  • Popular culture in the Baroque era. James Amelang, Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • Spanish diplomacy during the Baroque era. Álvaro Fernández Villaverde y Silva, Duke of San Carlos. Diplomat.
  • Baroque women. Giulia Calvi, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sienna.
  • The failure of the science revolution in Spain. José Manuel Sánchez Ron from the Spanish Royal Academy.
  • Individualism and power in Baroque times. Bartolomé Clavero, Professor of History of Law at the University of Seville.
  • Baroque society in Hispanic Italy: the viceroys. Arelio Musi from the University of Salerno.
  • The church and the ecclesiastical hierarchy as an institution of power in the Baroque era. Maximiliano Barrio, Doctor of History at the University of Valladolid.
  • The Spanish army in the 17th century: the lance, the rifle and the grenade. Jean Le Flem.
  • The Catholic planet. The imaginary Hispanic at the start of the Baroque era. Fernando Rodríguez de la Flor. Doctor of Information Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Salamanca.
  • The look of power. Pedro González-Trevijano. Vice-chancellor of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I. Graduate and Doctor of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

It has also been decided to include music in the school entitled “Power and society in Baroque Europe: the secular organ” and to give an extensive demonstration of the role of the organ as a leading instrument in secular music that continued to gain popularity starting from the Renaissance. This musical exhibition will be given by three young Spanish organists: Susana García Lastra (Seville), Eudal Dantí Roura (Barcelona) and Juan María Pedrero (Granada) as well as Sarah Bishop, a young English horn player.

The Escuela de Barroco is the result of a collaboration between the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, resulting in two triennial schools, one dedicated to the Baroque and the other to technology. The foundation’s courses are included in the academic program of the UIMP in Seville, converting the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville into a place for meetings and reflection, led by internationally renowned professors and researchers. The schools take place as university courses and each one has a total duration of 30 teaching hours based around the participation of renowned and prestigious specialists.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has a mission to implement Abengoa's social action policy on a non-profit basis for general interest purposes, focussing on welfare, education, culture, science, research and technological development. The Foundation has become a valuable instrument in Abengoa culture. Not only is it capable of supporting the professional and human development of its employees, but also to relate to society’s new sensibilities as a whole, managing intangible assets whose influence benefits and pervades the company’s own values and objectives.

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