The seven diverse essays in this volume consider colonial Latin American art from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, focusing on New Spain and the Andes as well as Cuba. They explore various topics, from the modes and materials of artistic production to the legacies of image making and multiple applications of artistic expertise. Brought together by the coeditors’ introduction reflecting on the field and a conclusion coauthored by Barbara Mundy and Aaron Hyman, the chapters offer an ambitious rumination on approaches to producing art histories of colonial Latin America.

The book is situated in conversation with Lettered Artists and the Languages of Empire: Painters and the Profession in Early Colonial Quito by Susan Verdi Webster (2017), to whom it is dedicated, and Mundy and Hyman's “Out of the Shadow of Vasari: Towards a New Model of the ‘Artist’ in Colonial Latin America” (2015). The authors took inspiration from...

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