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Imagining Identity in New Spain Race, Lineage, and the Colonial Body in Portraiture and Casta Paintings

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ISBN-10: 029274417X

ISBN-13: 9780292744172

Edition: 2003

Authors: Magali M. Carrera

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Reacting to the rising numbers of mixed-blood (Spanish-Indian-Black African) people in its New Spain colony, the eighteenth-century Bourbon government of Spain attempted to categorize and control its colonial subjects through increasing social regulation of their bodies and the spaces they inhabited. The discourse ofcalidad(status) andraza(lineage) on which the regulations were based also found expression in the visual culture of New Spain, particularly in the unique genre ofcastapaintings, which purported to portray discrete categories of mixed-blood plebeians.Using an interdisciplinary approach that also considers legal, literary, and religious documents of the period, Magali Carrera…    
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Magali M. Carrera is Chancellor Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the author ofImagining Identity in New Spain: Race, Lineage, and the Colonial Body in Portraiture and Casta Painting.