During the 18th century in Latin America, many paintings were made to illustrate degrees of racial mixing or mestizaje. This genre, known as casta paintings, was especially popular in Mexico where elite artists (as well as hacks) eagerly participated in their creation. In addition to showing results of the various combinations of Spanish, Indian, and African parentage, these works, and their accompanying exotic terminology, highlight occupations and social attitudes during the Colonial period. This illustrated talk by Dr. Janet Esser, Professor Emeritus, Latin American Art History, SDSU, will discuss the rise and fall of casta paintings.
Sponsored by the African and Pacific Arts Council.