Feb 03, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AH 236 Latin American Art

This course explores the arts of Latin America from the European conquest to the modern period. A brief survey of the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America) and the Andes (Peru and Bolivia) provides the background for understanding artistic developments in these areas after Spanish and Portuguese colonization. We investigate the post-conquest culture of the Americas through an analysis of works in various media, including codices, paintings, featherwork, sculpture, architecture, murals, and prints. Particular emphasis will be given to the diffusion of European visual culture in the Americas, with a focus on points of cross-cultural contact. Considerations of colonialization, religious conversion, race, and hybridity will deepen our understanding of Latin American visual culture.