Potosi: Colonial Treasures and the Bolivian City of Silver

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Founded in 1545, the Bolivian city of Potosí's importance as a great silver mining center resulted in its emergence as an artistic center for painting, sculpture, and silverwork. By the year 1600, it had become the largest city in the Americas, but as its mines yielded diminishing wealth the city slowly declined. Although little known outside of Bolivia today, it was recognized by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site.

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152 pp., illus. (some col.); 30 cm. Text in English and Spanish. Captions in English. Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Americas Society, New York and ... Fundacion BHN, La Paz. Exhibition dates, Americas Society Art Gallery, New York, New York, September 24 to December 14, 1997. Firm binding, clean inside copy. CONTENTS: Potosi: Social dynamics, labor, and mining technology, by Laura Escobari; Potosi: Urbanism, architecture, and the sacred image of the environment, by Teresa Gisbert; Painting in Potosi, by Jose de Mesa; A world in wood in the city of the silver mountain: Wooden sculpture and architecture in Potosi, by Pedro Querejazu; Silver: From the cerro rico to the spaces of daily life, by Jose de Mesa. Read more Show Less

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Founded in 1545, the Bolivian city of Potosí's importance as a great silver mining center resulted in its emergence as an artistic center for painting, sculpture, and silverwork. By the year 1600, it had become the largest city in the Americas, but as its mines yielded diminishing wealth the city slowly declined. Although little known outside of Bolivia today, it was recognized by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site.

This book represents the first exhibition ever to present the artistic achievements of Potosí in the context of its complex and unique cultural history. It seeks to illuminate the fascinating story of Potosí by presenting magnificent works of art created in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Potosí's sophisticated artistic schools flourished. Lavishly illustrated essays relate the city's rich heritage in architecture, painting, wooden sculpture, and silver, while a section of more than fifty color plates captures some of the most magnificent representations of both religious and secular art forms. The text appears in both English and Spanish.

This handsome volume contributes substantially to the recovery of Potosí's memory so that its artistic legacy will be more widely recognized and appreciated throughout the world.

Pedro Querejazu and Elizabeth Ferrer curated the Potosí exhibition for the Americas Society and the Fundación BHN, La Paz.

Distributed for the Americas Society

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  • ISBN-13: 9781879128163
  • Publisher: Americas Society
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.51 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 8
Potosi: Social Dynamics, Labor, and Mining Technology 14
Potosi: Urbanism, Architecture, and the Sacred Image of the Environment 30
Painting in Potosi 40
A World in Wood in the City of the Silver Mountain: Wooden Sculpture and Architecture in Potosi 50
Silver: From the Cerro Rico to the Spaces of Daily Life 64
Plates 71
Selected Bibliography 149
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