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Material Culture

In this seminar we will think about how we can use material culture as evidence of the transcultural interactions that took place in the Iberian Peninsula, the way Mudejar styles travelled to the Americas, and the impact of Amerindian arts on the Iberian world.


Using the online catalogues of museums such as the British Museum, try to find an object that represents the transcultural history of the Iberian Peninsula

Suggested places:

Primary Sources

I will circulate examples for us to discuss in class, but try to find an example

Useful podcast

Core Readings

Kaufmann, Thomas DaCosta, Islam, Art, and Architecture in the Americas: Some Considerations of Colonial Latin America, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 43, Islamic Arts (Spring, 2003), pp. 42-50.

C.Dean and D. Leibsohn, 'Hybridity and its Discontents: Considering VisualCulture in Colonial Spanish America', Colonial Latin American Review, (2003), pp. 5-35.

Suggested Readings

Bailey, Gauvin, Alexander, Art of Colonial Latin America, London: Phaidon, 2005.

---- Art on the Jesuit missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773, 2001

Brading, D. A., Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition Across Five Centuries (Cambridge, 2002).

Oland, Maxine, 'With the Gifts and Good Treatment That He Gave Them': Elite Maya Adoption of Spanish Material Culture at Progresso Lagoon, Belize, International Journal of Historical Archaeology. Dec2014, Vol. 18 Issue 4, pp. 643-667.

Trusted, M., Va: Spanish Sculpture: Catalogue of the Post-medieval Spanish Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 1997).

Wolf, Gerhard, and Russo, Alessandra, Images take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400-1700), Munich: Hirmir, 2015.