Art of the Spanish Americas


The art of the Spanish Americas offers opportunities to explore the impact on the artistic production of European missionary and colonialist incursions into Indigenous lands, where traditions clashed and transformed each other between 1500 and 1900. Examples of Peruvian and Mexican religious art from the eighteenth century predominate in the University’s collection. Especially notable is the iconic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe by a Mexican artist that was given to the Museum by two generations of University alums. These holdings are strengthened by partnerships with collectors, including the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation, who have generously shared works representing artists from South America.

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