Art of Colonial Latin America


A lively survey of a critical period of Latin American art.


Gauvin Alexander Bailey


Editions:

Price: USD$29.95

This title is not available

For over 300 years, from the era of Christopher Columbus to the struggles for independence around 1820, Latin America witnessed an artistic flowering of enormous creativity and originality. In a unique way, the art and architecture of Aztec, Inca and Guaraní civilizations blended with those of Europe, North Africa and the Far East.

In particular, the Spanish and Portuguese empires in Central and South America created the climate for a flourishing, diverse and distinct version of Renaissance and Baroque culture, produced under utterly different social and geographic conditions from those found in Europe. The products of this unique culture include some of the most lavish and visually arresting works of art and architecture in the world.

In this lively overview of the tremendously rich and varied artistic output of the region, from southern Chile to northern California, Gauvin Alexander Bailey discusses viceregal and missionary as well as civic and rural architecture, alongside religious and secular painting, sculpture, metalwork, textiles and ceramics. He also looks back to pre-colonial influences and concludes with an examination of how twentieth-century artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo interpreted their artistic heritage.

Even today, the art of the colonial period remains at the centre of Latin American society, culture and identity. This concise and impactful book provides a new and comprehensive understanding of all the influences that led to one of the most cosmopolitan artistic outpourings in the whole history of art.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Paperback
Size: 220 x 160 mm (8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Pages: 448 pp
Illustrations: 250 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714841571

Gauvin Alexander Bailey is Associate Professor of Art History at Clark University, Massachusetts. His previous publications include Between Renaissance and Baroque: Jesuit Art in Rome, 1565-1610, and Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773.

"Wide-ranging and handsomely illustrated... Plunges the reader into profoundly alien cultures that produced beautiful, often awesome artworks."—Independent

"Lively and strking."—The Times

"The bargain of the year, crammed with original research, but priced as a general interest book... A lucid, fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of the spectacular results of creative fusion between the vibrant visual cultures of South America and European baroque art. A book which opens up a little-known world."—Jane Stevenson, novelist, The Observer

"Seldom can so much original research, fresh information and illustrations of so many unfamiliar works of art have appeared in a reasonably priced, mass-market paperback… It is a considerable achievement to have surveyed such a vast range of material from such a rich and various region in a single volume… This book, at a popular price, represents a remarkable bargain. Buy it and discover a new world hitherto all but closed to the Anglophone reader."—The Tablet

"Warmly recommended to all teachers and students of the history of early modern art and architecture... The accessible text and generous number of well-presented illustrations also reveal the 'staggering variety of media' practised in Latin America... Contributes to a rapidly growing consensus that the arts of Latin America, and the world, existed in the early modern period as they do now, not just in a dualistic diaologue between 'us and them', but in a complex interconnectedness."—Rodney Palmer, University of East Anglia, The Art Book

On the Art & Ideas series

"Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing."—Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London

"The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods... I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools."—Joachim Pissarro, Yale University

"Phaidon's series may prove to be the pick of the crop. It boasts expert but undogmatic texts and a wealth of illustrations."—The Sunday Telegraph

"Wide-ranging and handsomely illustrated... Plunges the reader into profoundly alien cultures that produced beautiful, often awesome artworks."—Independent

"Lively and strking."—The Times

"The bargain of the year, crammed with original research, but priced as a general interest book... A lucid, fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of the spectacular results of creative fusion between the vibrant visual cultures of South America and European baroque art. A book which opens up a little-known world."—Jane Stevenson, novelist, The Observer

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Latin American Art in the Twentieth Century
Art in Time
Egyptian Art

ABOUT PHAIDON

Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. We work with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City.
Read more