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He was the first Honorary President of the Instituto Moll (2016-2022). Academician of both the Académie Royale d'Archéologie de Belgique and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Miguel Arcángel, in the Canary Islands. Knight Commander of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium. Europa Nostra Research Award 2014, for his monograph Van Dyck en España. Canarias Award 2008, and Gabarrón Award 2007, for his contribution to both the History of Art and the Conservation-Restoration. The Government of the Canary Islands awarded him the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands 2002.
His thesis on the 17th century Flemish Painting in Spain received the Extraordinary Doctorate Award in History from the Complutense University of Madrid. He spent most of his working life as Chief Curator of the Department of Flemish and Dutch Painting of the Renaissance and Baroque in the Museo Nacional del Prado, a position he held until 2005. He wrote the catalogues raisonnés on the 16th century Flemish Painting belonging to this art gallery (1975 and 1995). He was a Researcher for the ‘Instituto Diego Velázquez’ belonging to the CSIC, and professor at the Complutense and the Autónoma universities of Madrid (1965-1985). His research has been published in national and international academic journals, and he has curated important exhibitions, both in Spain and abroad.
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