The philologist, poet, translator, essayist, columnist, critic, literary editor, researcher and musical lyricist Luis Alberto de Cuenca Prado, visited last Friday the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
In the course of the visit, the President of the centenary entity, José Gabriel Astudillo and the Secretary General of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, discovered the author, who was accompanied by his wife Alicia Mariño Espuelas, philologist and university professor, the history, prestige, human quality and profile of an institution of which he knew very little, and in which he claimed “to have found an important artistic and cultural redoubt and a transcendental journalistic collection such as the” Gaceta de Bellas Artes “.
The academician of the Royal Academy of History, corresponding academic in Madrid of the Academy of Good Letters of Granada and member of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum, has held many other positions such as Director of the National Library of Spain and Secretary of State for Culture, for which he valued in a special way the work of digitalization that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is doing with the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, works that were explained to him by the President and the General Secretary.
He was also able to see how the posters kept by the AEPE of Salón de Otoño, which are quite deteriorated, and the volume of the digitized file, as well as some copies of the Gaceta de Bellas Artes, which he looked at with great admiration, are being restored.
Luis Alberto de Cuenca is National Critic’s Prize for the poetic work La caja de plata, National Prize for Translation for El cantar de Valtario, Gran Cruz de Isabel la Católica, Culture Prize 2006 (Literature), for his poetic work, Prize ABC Cultural & Cultural Area of ABC Cultural and El Corte Inglés and National Poetry Prize for Holiday Notebook
To end the visit, at the request of the President, Luis Alberto de Cuenca signed in the Book of Honor of the centenary entity, promising to return as soon as their occupations allow it.