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The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820

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'Without exception, I found the essays to be fascinating and informative..This book is indispensable, to be savoured in word and image.' - The Art Book

A magnificent survey of the rich and varied arts in Latin America from 1492 to the end of the colonial era

By the end of the 16th century, Europe, Africa, and Asia were connected to North and South America via a vast network of complex trade routes. This led, in turn, to dynamic cultural exchanges between these continents and a proliferation of diverse art forms in Latin America. This beautiful book explores the painting, sculpture and decorative arts of the vice-royalties of New Spain and Peru, as well as Portugal's colony in Brazil from 1492, when Columbus arrived in the Americas up until the creation of new, independent nation-states. 

Written by distinguished international scholars, essays cover a full range of topics, including city planning, iconography in painting and sculpture, East-West connections, the power of images, and the role of the artist. Beautifully illustrated with over 450 works--many published for the first time--this companion book to an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presents a spectacular selection of decorative arts, textiles, silver, sculpture, painting, and furniture. Scholarly entries on some three hundred works highlight the various cultural influences and differences throughout this vast region.

  • Author: Joseph J. Rishel, The Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Date published:  September 2006
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300120035
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.8 x 3.8 cm

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