Art and Faith in Mexico: The Nineteenth-Century Retablo Tradition / Edition 1

Art and Faith in Mexico: The Nineteenth-Century Retablo Tradition / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Netto Calil Zarur
     
 

Nineteenth-century Mexico was a period of unprecedented political turmoil. One result of this instability was that many religious practices moved from the church to the home, and the retablo art form--sacred paintings on tin--flourished.

With over 1,700 objects, New Mexico State University holds the largest collection of retablos of any museum in the United

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Overview

Nineteenth-century Mexico was a period of unprecedented political turmoil. One result of this instability was that many religious practices moved from the church to the home, and the retablo art form--sacred paintings on tin--flourished.

With over 1,700 objects, New Mexico State University holds the largest collection of retablos of any museum in the United States. Eleven eminent Latin Americanists from the U.S. and Mexico have studied this collection and placed it in a broad cultural context. They have looked at the retablos from the standpoint of art history, history, anthropology, folk art, and religion to bring a new understanding of and appreciation for these paintings. This interdisciplinary approach brings together multiple influences in considering, for example, Baroque images as popular icons, Aztec gods and home altars, popular images in nineteenth-century Mexico, European and viceregal paintings, and bultos and santos from New Mexico. The richly varied retablo tradition continues to the present, making this volume a much-needed addition to the literature on the complex society that formed along the Camino Real between Mexico City and Santa Fe.

In addition to the essays, the book includes restoration philosophy and conservation methods, a glossary, chronology, maps, and a comprehensive section on the art and iconography of each object in the Art Gallery collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826323248
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
359
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.65(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Acknowledgments9
Preface13
Introduction17
Sacred Retablos: Objects That Conjoin Time and Space31
On the Spanish Origins of Mexican Retablos39
Prints and the Pauper: Artifice, Religion, and Free Enterprise in Popular Sacred Art47
Retablos and Popular Religion in Nineteenth-Century Mexico57
Powerful Images: Mexican Ex-Votos69
Los Cinco Senores and La Mano Poderosa: An Iconographic Study79
Sermons of the Religious Orders and Retablo Art in Mexico89
Archaeological Testimonies of Popular Religion in the Mexica World97
Plates107
Catalogue Raisonne307
Exhibition Tour Schedule332
App. 1Baroque Altar333
App. 2Chronology of Mexican History from Postclassic Pre-Columbian Period to Independence334
App. 3El Camino Real: Evangelization and Art in New Spain337
App. 4Conservation of Mexican Retablos on Tin: The University Art Gallery Retablo Collection, New Mexico State University338
Glossary341
Additional References345
Contributors353
Index355

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