VistasGallery

Vistas Gallery is part of Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820. It showcases over 300 images, including paintings, sculptures, architectural monuments, and objects of daily life from Spanish America between 1520 and 1820, the period from Conquest to Independence. Using the navigation in the upper right corner, users can browse the gallery by medium or thematically. These six broad themes capture both the distinct patterns of the regions’ cultures as well as their commonalities with other parts of the early modern world.

Vistas emphasizes works that had multiple, and at times competing, meanings to people in the past. It includes images and objects chosen for their materials, their connection to indigenous traditions, their ability to evoke complex daily lives, and their ability to open 21st-century eyes to colonial perceptions of the world, be it a religious world, a political, or a social one.