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Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821

Kelly Donahue-Wallace

Kelly Donahue-Wallace surveys the art and architecture created in the Spanish Viceroyalties of New Spain, Peru, New Granada, and La Plata from the time of the conquest to the independence era. Emphasizing the viceregal capitals and their social, economic, religious, and political contexts, the author offers a chronological review of the major objects and monuments of the colonial era.

In order to present fundamental differences between the early and later colonial periods, works are offered chronologically and separated by medium - painting, urban planning, religious architecture, and secular art - so the aspects of production, purpose, and response associated with each work are given full attention. Primary documents, including wills, diaries, and guild records are placed throughout the text to provide a deeper appreciation of the contexts in which the objects were made.


Lyman L. Johnson is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is also the general editor for UNM Press's Dialogos series.

Kelly Donahue-Wallace is associate professor of art history and the chair of the department of art education and art history at the University of North Texas, Denton. She has published extensively on new Spanish printmaking and art history pedagogy. She is also a contributing author of Transforming Images: New Mexican Santos In-between Worlds.


"Historians and art historians teaching in the field of colonial Latin American art and architecture will find this work indispensable....This is a successful and engaging classroom text or reference work that is an important addition to this growing field."


Southern California Quarterly

"Instructors of courses on colonial Latin American art, as well as those seeking an introduction to the topic, will welcome Kelly Donahue-Wallace's thoughtful contribution."


The Americas

"Kelly Donahue-Wallace has provided us with an up-to-date textbook ideal for teaching survey courses in colonial Latin American art."


New Mexico Historical Review

" Art and Architecture in Viceregal Latin America will be of considerable interest to those exploring colonialism and the formation of regional and national identities in Spanish America."


Journal of Latin American Studies

7 x 10 in. 304 pages 32 color plates, 105 halftones