There is a certain formulaic quality to many English-language reviews of books and exhibitions dedicated to Mexican viceregal art history. The review begins with a lamentation over the undervalued and under-studied status of the field despite its beauty, historical worth, and current relevance, followed by a defense of the stalwart few scholars and institutions that have carried its mantle, which leads into a celebration of the latest valiant contribution. We follow this formula because, despite more than a century of publications and exhibitions, Mexican viceregal art history remains—outside Mexico—a marginalized area, a field needing to be “rescued,” as a recent headline about a lecture at the Museo del Prado declared. The...
Book Review: Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790 by Ilona Katzew, Jaime Cuadriello, Paula Mues Orts, Luisa Elena Alcalá, and Ronda Kasl
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Kelly Donahue-Wallace; Book Review: Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790 by Ilona Katzew, Jaime Cuadriello, Paula Mues Orts, Luisa Elena Alcalá, and Ronda Kasl. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 January 2019; 1 (1): 139–141. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.000013
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