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Art of Colonial Latin America (Phaidon Art and Ideas)
A lively account of the interaction between European and indigenous artist that took place during more than 300 years of Spanish and Portuguese colonial influence in Latin America (c. 1492-1820). The book offers a fascinating insight into viceregal, missionary and civic architecture, as well as painting, sculpture and such 'minor arts' as furniture, textiles and ceramics. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Phaidon Press
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Simply great: like all in this fine series by Phaidon, it covers the aesthetic and social history of a specific arts movement, time period, or in this case a broad geographical area. Superb illustrations, high-quality printing, and expert text on this complicated wide-spanning, era of visual arts. I am very thankful they decided to do a volume on this important but oft-neglected period and geographical region.
A little more history than art history, but since I knew nothing about Latin American Colonial history, it was filled with tons of new info. It's extremely readable, like the other book in the series that I've read. My primary interest isn't Latin America, so I gave it only 3 stars based on my own personal interest with the subject matter rather than the actual quality of the book.