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Title :

Of copies, casts, and codices : Mexico on display in 1892

Authors :
MUNDY, Barbara ; LEIBSOHN, Dana ;
Publication year :
1996
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
In 1892, to honor the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic, the Exposición Histórico-Americana opened its doors in Madrid. Works from nearly 20 European and American nations were arranged to offer viewers a visual encounter with the New World. The Spanish exhibition of American antiquities included both copies and forgeries, (explicitly labeled as such) which the authors view as evidence of a bias to render the colonial era peripheral. Mexico's rooms were the most ambitious of all the exhibits. They displayed vast quantities of pre-Hispanic material as well as works from Mexico's viceregal and modern periods. The most conspicuous objects of colonial origin to appear in Mexico's exhibit were the 43 manuscripts and codices originally created by indigenous people in the 16th and 17th cs. This essay shows how the roles assigned to the indigenous codices and manuscripts typecast them for subsequent performances, all of them similarly colored, all of them curiously predirected. The authors write, 'ultimately, our concern lies with the subtext that emerges out of the colonial works exhibited by Mexico and what kinds of secondary claims were forged with reference to the 1892 spectacle'. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Amérique ; Art ; Colonial (art) ; Copie ; Culture ; Enluminure ; Espagne ; Exposition universelle ; Faux ; Madrid (ESP), Exposición Histórico-Americana (1892) ; Mexique ; Moulage (objet) ; Réception ; 1500-1900 ;
Descriptors :
America ; Art ; Casts ; Colonial ; Copies ; Culture ; Forgery ; Madrid (ESP), Exposición Histórico-Americana (1892) ; Manuscript illumination ; Mexico ; Reception ; Spain ; Universal exhibitions ; 1500-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Res (Cambridge, Mass.), 1996, 29-30, spring-autumn
INIST identifier :
24985365 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0277-1322 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;