Cultural Exchange

January 31, 2009
Illustrious in any language: Schroth, also known as "Su Ilustrísma."

Illustrious in any language: Schroth, also known as "Su Ilustrísma." Michael Naclerio / The Chronicle

Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art, was knighted for her work on the recent exhibition of Spanish art, “El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III.” She received
the insignia and title of Knight-Commander of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic during a November gala at the museum. The award, also known as “Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica,” is one of Spain's highest civil honors.

In presenting the award, Spain's consul general to the United States, Alvaro de Salas, noted that “The [exhibit] reassesses a magnificent period of Spanish art from Philip III's reign—a time of peace, optimism, and prosperity. Its narrative is groundbreaking. It has been a great success.”

In addition to the knighthood, which comes with an ornate medal and insignia, Schroth was given the formal title Su Ilustrísma, or “the Illustrious One.”