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Spanish Colonial Art from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection

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Spanish Colonial Art from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection

June 3 - September 10, 2006

The Mint Museum of Art




This exhibition which runs through the summer at The Mint Museum of Art contains paintings, sculpture, silver and furniture from the late 17th through the 19th centuries. Many items in the exhibit have never before been publicly displayed.


Internet Sources

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia The Catholic Church is inextricably a part of the story of the Spanish colonies in the New World. This is an authoritative resource - easily searchable - and incredibly rich in detail.


  • Conquistadors From PBS, great background information - an "online learning adventure for teachers and students."



  • Patron Saints Index Many of the works in the exhibition depict important saints. To explore further, check out this website. For example, who is the patron saint of art and artists?


  • Relicarios A history of devotional items brought by the Spanish colonists to the Americas.


  • Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America 1520-1820 If you only view one web site from this list, this is the one to check out! Thanks to Cheryl Palmer for digging this one up - it is the best! From the website: “The Vistas project seeks to bring an understanding of the visual culture of Spanish America to a broad audience. Spanish America was an extensive region—covering much of the Americas, running from California to Chile from the 16th century to the early 19th century. Its visual culture was forged in urban centers, religious and frontier communities, and indigenous towns. The Vistas website offers easy access in English and Spanish to key components of this project. The website provides a gallery of more than 100 color images, interpretive essays, and a searchable bibliography on visual culture.”


Books and articles in The Mint Museums Library

  • Dean, Carolyn S. "Copied Carts: Spanish Prints and Colonial Peruvian Paintings." The Art Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 1. (Mar. 1996), p. 98-110.


  • Egan, Martha J. Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures from the Americas. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1993.


  • Fane, Diane, ed. Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America. New York: Abrams, 1996. From the 1996 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.


  • Mo, Charles. Splendors of the New World: Spanish Colonial Masterworks from the Viceroyalty of Peru. Charlotte, NC: The Mint Museum of Art, 1992. Besides containing extensive information on the exhibition pieces themselves, two excellent essays; one on the Viceroyalty and the other on the Cuzco school of painting, make this a highly recommended resource.


  • Padilla, Carmella, ed. Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art. Santa Fe: Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 2002. Recommended resource.


  • Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Spanish New Mexico: the Spanish Colonial Arts Society collection. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1996. Although the focus of this 2-volume set is on New Mexico, the chapter on Saints in the Hispanic World covers a much wider geographic area and is profusely illustrated with color images of statuary and paintings depicting the various saints described.


  • Stayton, Kevin. "Converging cultures in viceregal Peru," Antiques: the Magazine. Vol. 149, No. 4, p. 586-593. Excellent overview of colonial Peruvian culture.


  • Toussaint, Manuel. Colonial Art in Mexico. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1967.





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