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December 2011 Issue of ‘The Art Bulletin’

Posted in journal articles by Editor on December 2, 2011

The eighteenth century in the latest issue of The Art Bulletin:

James M. Córdova, “Clad in Flowers: Indigenous Arts and Knowledge in Colonial Mexican Convents,” The Art Bulletin 93 (December 2011): 449-67.

Nuns in New Spain (colonial Mexico) wore spectacular flowery trappings when they professed and again when reposing on their funeral biers. Local artists, commissioned by the nuns’ families and convents, captured these stunning images. Despite differences in ethnicity, religious order, age, and other factors that distinguished these women, their flowery trappings have the effect of establishing an iconic image of the New Spanish nun. Furthermore, their regalia, which combine Euro-Christian and Mesoamerican practices and beliefs, not only represented the preeminence of the “brides of Christ,” they also conjured the spiritual transformations that nuns experienced in their ritual lives.

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Étienne P. H. Jollet, Review of Frank Fehrenbach’s Compendia Mundi: Gianlorenzo Berninis “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” (1648-51) und Nicola Salvis “Fontana di Trevi” (1732-62), The Art Bulletin 93 (December 2011): 491-94.

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N.B. — Notice of Jollet’s review did not appear in the original posting from 2 December 2011; it was added on 9 February 2012. I apologize for the initial oversight. -CH

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