The Denver Art Museum held a symposium in 2010, which was
cohosted by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian
and Spanish Colonial Art and by the Asian Art Department William
Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment, to examine the impact of early
modern globalization on the arts of Spanish America. The museum
assembled an international group of scholars specializing in the
arts and history of Asia, Europe, and Latin America to present
recent research, with topics ranging from discussions of
architecture, painting, and sculpture to engravings, ceramics,
clothing, and decorative arts of the period. Edited by Denver Art
Museum curators Donna Pierce and Ronald Otsuka, this volume
presents revised and expanded versions of papers presented at the
Dana Liebsohn (Smith College) opens the volume with a
thought-provoking discussion of the reception and reinterpretation
of Asian motifs in the various art forms of viceregal New Spain
(Mexico) and the complexities of interpreting those today. Through
a detailed analysis of shipping records, Maria Bonta de la Pezuela
(Sotheby's, New York) addresses the Manila galleon trade and the
exportation of Chinese porcelain to the Americas. William Sargent
(Peabody-Essex) expands on this topic by examining a set of
specific pieces of Chinese porcelain produced for export. Jaime
Mariazza (Universidad de San Marcos, Lima, Peru) describes the
importation of funerary traditions from Europe to Peru via books
and engravings and their implementation in Peru by local artists.
And independent scholar Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt analyzes the
exportation of paintings "by the dozens" from Spain to Peru,
examining their impact on local painting traditions.
Two papers then address the exportation of distinctively
American objects to Europe. Sara Ryu (Yale University) presents the
results of recent research on corn-paste sculptures from Mexico,
which were sent to Europe during the early modern era, and their
reception there. The unique genre of casta (caste) paintings,
invented in New Spain and exported to Europe, is examined by Claire
Farago and James Cordova (University of Colorado). Donna Pierce
closes the volume with a case study on the global range of trade
objects, presenting documentary evidence for the presence of Asian
trade goods in New Mexico--the northern-most province of the
An interdisciplinary study bringing together new research on an
understudied era and area, this well-illustrated volume will be an
important resource for scholars and enthusiasts of early modern
history in general and Latin American art and history in
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