Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America

Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America

by Brooklyn Museum of Art
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810940307
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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