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Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820

Fordham University, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S), and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico), presents this site for the study of Visual Culture in the Spanish Colonial Americas. Website content is arranged into six broad themes: Making Sense of the Pre-Columbian, Reckoning with Mestizaje, the Political Force of Images, Patterns of the Everyday, the Mechanics of the Art World, and Otherworldly Visions. In the Gallery, it's possible to browse more than 300 images of paintings, sculptures, architectural monuments, and objects of daily life from Spanish America between 1520 and 1820. These results can be filtered by medium, the six themes, or keywords. For example, selecting "Patterns of the Everyday" in the Gallery retrieves a set of images related to daily objects and spaces, everything from the geometric patterns of the cotton and wool Saltillo serape, to architectural photographs and floor plans of buildings such as churches and homes, furniture, and portraits of Spanish settlers and indigenous people. The site also provides an extensive Bibliography and links to additional web-based information, a Timeline and Glossary. Syllabi for related courses at Fordham and Ohio State are available via the Classroom tab and readers interested in primary textual documents can find many organized by century, with both original Spanish and English translations, under Library.
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