Art Matters Lecture – Casta Paintings
**Events may have been canceled or postponed. Please contact the venue to confirm the event.
Date & Time
Thu, Oct 01 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Elena Fitzpatrick Sifford Assistant Professor of Art History, Baker Center for the Arts
In the 18th century in Mexico, artists began painting images of couples of different ethnic backgrounds along with their racially-mixed children. Typically, created in sets of 16, each picture showed a different type that was loosely codified in the sistema de castas, a hierarchy that categorized people based on racial mixture. This talk introduces casta paintings and discusses their formal and contextual characteristics, including the impetus for their creation and the significance of the works for those who commissioned and displayed them on both sides of the Atlantic.
credit: Miguel Cabrera, 5. From Spaniard and Mulatto Woman, Morisca (5. De español y mulata, morisca) (detail), 1763. Oil on canvas. Private collection.