Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America

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With the conquest of Mexico by Cortez and of Peru by Pizarro in the sixteenth century, two great American civilizations were brought under the control of the Spanish crown. The arrival in the newly taken territories of settlers from Spain forced an encounter between highly sophisticated cultures that had developed independently for thousands of years. In the course of the Spanish occupation of Mexico (New Spain) and Peru for three centuries, this confrontation of divergent ways of seeing and experiencing the ...
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With the conquest of Mexico by Cortez and of Peru by Pizarro in the sixteenth century, two great American civilizations were brought under the control of the Spanish crown. The arrival in the newly taken territories of settlers from Spain forced an encounter between highly sophisticated cultures that had developed independently for thousands of years. In the course of the Spanish occupation of Mexico (New Spain) and Peru for three centuries, this confrontation of divergent ways of seeing and experiencing the world gave rise to new Latin American cultural traditions. Using as examples a selection of works from the collection of The Brooklyn Museum, Converging Cultures: Art & Identity in Spanish America documents these cultural continuities and transformations as evidenced in illustrated books, painting, sculpture, furniture, textiles, and other artifacts of everyday life in Spanish America from the Precolumbian period to the nineteenth century. These expressive and beautiful works testify to the strength and scope of Latin American creativity through several centuries of upheaval and renewal.

"Nicely illustrated companion catalog to the exhibition of the same title held at the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y. (March 1-July 14, 1996), Phoenix Art Museum (Dec. 14, 1996-Feb. 23, 1977), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 30-June 8, 1997) explores the evolution of Spanish American viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru through 250 works including paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, furniture, domestic and religious objects, as well as illustrated manuscripts. Scholarly essays by various authors examine issues of identity as expressed and reflected in a wide range of objects and images representative of indigenous contributions and European imported culture. Individual entries for the works of art provide basic data on provenance, date, medium, and dimensions"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Following an extensive project to unite colonial Latin American works that were originally gathered in the 1940s and 1950s but are now dispersed throughout the Brooklyn Museum's collections, this exhibition catalog describes and documents the effects of European artistic traditions after being transported to the New World. Fine art and everyday objects are examined from the pre-Columbian period through the 19th century. Essays by eight scholars focus on specific aesthetic issues arising from the transformations in artistic production that took place in the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru. As a whole, they address the essential issue: how much did these widely divergent cultures blend and separate to make colonial art? New research findings are reinterpreted and applied to traditional assumptions; the resulting revisionist conclusions make this a significant addition to academic and specialized collections covering colonial Latin America.-Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810940307
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader 6
Foreword 7
Preface 9
From Precolumbian to Modern: Latin American Art at The Brooklyn Museum, 1930-50 14
European Painting and the Art of the New World Colonies 28
The Viceroyalty of New Spain
The Monarchia Indiana in Seventeenth-Century New Spain 46
From New Spain to New Mexico: Art and Culture on the Northern Frontier 59
The Algara Romero de Terreros Collection: A Mexican Aristocratic Family in the Colonial Era 69
The Viceroyalty of Peru
Textiles as Cultural Memory: Andean Garments in the Colonial Period 144
A Tale of Two Cities: Cuzco, Lima, and the Construction of Colonial Representation 157
The Renewal of Old World Images and the Creation of Colonial Peruvian Visual Culture 171
Glossary 301
Selected Bibliography 303
Index 311
Photograph Credits 320
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