Visual and Material Culture 2013-2014

Seminar Leader:
Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California

Clara Bargellini, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“Engraving and Empire in Spanish America"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles 90049

Prints have long been associated with the diffusion of artistic ideas, and in studies of the arts of Spanish America, they are usually invoked as bearers of visual ideas from Europe. Indeed, most of the research that has been done about prints in New Spain has consisted in matching up colonial paintings with their European sources. Only recently have scholars begun to concentrate on printmaking in America itself. The recent find of a previously unknown print, dated in 1608 and signed by Samuel Stradanus of Antwerp, suggests fresh perspectives on the beginnings of engraving in Spanish America. The “new” print does point to the introduction into New Spain of fresh imagery, but it also provides insights into the role of engraving in forging links among knowledge, commerce and power in the New World.

Clara Bargellini received her doctorate in Art History from Harvard University in 1974. Since 1979 she has been a member of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National University in Mexico City, and professor at the same university. The majority of her numerous publications are about the art and architecture of northern New Spain, most recently the 2009 exhibition catalogue, The Art of the Missions of Northern New Spain. During the past few years, a series of fortuitous discoveries, including the print examined in this presentation, have led her to delve into the history of the printed image in New Spain.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

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