On 18 December 1696, José Sarmiento de Valladares, the Count of Moctezuma, arrived in Mexico City, where he would begin his tenure as viceroy of the kingdom of New Spain.1 As the representative and alter ego of the Spanish king Charles II (r. 1665–1700), he would govern a vast territory extending from the Isthmus of Panama northward into parts of what is today the United States, and reaching across the Pacific to the Philippine Islands. In Mexico City, New Spain's seat of governance, he would reside in a palace facing onto the Plaza Mayor with his wife, María Andrea de Guzmán, their children, and some of the...
A Triumphal Arch for the Count of Moctezuma: Architectural Poetics and Artistic Competition at the Cathedral of Mexico City, ca. 1670–1700
Michael Schreffler studies the art and architecture of the transatlantic Spanish world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Cuzco: Incas, Spaniards, and the Making of a Colonial City (Yale University Press, 2020). firstname.lastname@example.org
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Michael Schreffler; A Triumphal Arch for the Count of Moctezuma: Architectural Poetics and Artistic Competition at the Cathedral of Mexico City, ca. 1670–1700. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2020; 79 (4): 414–437. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.4.414
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