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The Colonial Andes - Phipps, Elena; Hecht, Johanna; Martín, Cristina Esteras - Yale University Press
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Series

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The Colonial Andes

Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530–1830

  • Edited by Elena Phipps, Johanna Hecht, and Cristina Esteras Martín
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Received Honorable Mention from the 2004-2005 Association for Latin American Art Book Award committee

Winner of the 2006 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award given by the College Art Association

Winner of the 2006 Eric Mitchell Prize for best exhibition catalogue of the years 2004 & 2005 by the Mitchell Foundation

The arrival of the Spanish in South America in 1532 permanently transformed the Andean cultural landscape. Within a generation, societies that had developed over thousands of years, including the great Inca Empire, had been irrevocably altered. The arts from the Spanish colonial period—those that drew on native traditions, such as textiles, silver, woodwork, and stonework, as well as painting, sculpture, and other genres introduced by the Spanish—preserve an unspoken dialogue that developed between Andean and European modes of expression.

This beautiful book presents silver objects, textiles, and other masterpieces of colonial Andean culture. Essays discuss the artistry of this culture and explain how it has been recently reevaluated and celebrated for its vibrant energy reflecting the convergence of two essentially distinct cultural traditions.

Elena Phipps is conservator, Textile Conservation, and Johanna Hecht is associate curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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