New Book | The Art of Painting in Colonial Bolivia

Posted in books by Editor on August 29, 2017

From Saint Joseph’s University Press:

Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, ed., The Art of Painting in Colonial Bolivia / El arte de la pintura en Bolivia colonial (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2017), 530 pages, ISBN: 978 1945402 319, $120.

This anthological volume is dedicated to the art of painting in pre-independence Bolivia, prompted by the belief that a compendium of handsomely photographed, full-color images will bring renewed public and scholarly attention to a rich cultural heritage that has not received its due. An ambitious round of new photography has been joined by an international roster of scholarly contributors from the United States, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia to offer both the general reader and specialists an overview of the art of painting in the region of South America once called ‘Charcas’ and later ‘Alto Perú’. Attention is brought to the role of European subjects and styles in the development of regional forms of expression, as well as the influence of art and artists from Cuzco, Peru. Works by painters active in La Paz, Sucre, and Potosí such as Leonardo Flores, Melchor Pérez Holguín, and Gaspar Miguel de Berrío have received close reading of iconographical themes that were often of particularly local interest.

Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt has, from the mid-1970s, taught, published, and curated exhibitions about Spanish Early Modern art, for which she was awarded the Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Católica. Since 2003 she has focused on Spanish colonial art, co-editing with Joseph J. Rishel the catalogue of the exhibition The Arts in Latin America 1492–1820 (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2006). As curator of the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection of Spanish Colonial Painting, she organized the exhibition catalogue The Virgin, Saints, and Angels: South American Paintings 1600–1825 from the Thoma Collection (Milan: Skira editore, 2006). Stratton-Pruitt edited The Art of Painting in Colonial Quito/El arte de la pintura en Quito colonial (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2012) as well as Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013), and she wrote about “Paintings in the Home in Spanish Colonial America” for the catalogue of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish-American Home 1492–1898 (Brooklyn Museum, 2013).


Mitchell Codding, Prologue / Prólogo
Acknowledgments / Agradecimientos


Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, The Art of Painting in Colonial Bolivia 1600&1825 / El arte de la pintura en la Bolivia colonial, 1600&1825
• Philipp Schauer, Mural Painting in Bolivia / Pintura mural en la Bolivia
• Ramón Mujica Pinilla, The Pillars of Hercules in Charcas: Imperial Visual Politics in the Viceregal Art in Bolivia / Las columnas de Hércules en Charcas: Política visual imperial en el arte virreinal boliviano
• Almerindo Ojeda Di Ninno, The Use of Prints in Spanish Colonial Art: Approaching the Bolivian Corpus / El uso de grabados en el arte colonial: Una aproximación al corpus boliviano
• Carolyn C. Wilson, The Image of Saint Joseph in a Selection of Colonial Paintings in Bolivian Collections / La imagen de San José en una selección de pinturas coloniales en colecciones bolivianas
• Jaime Mariazza F., Portraiture in the Real Audiencia of Charcas / El retrato en la Real Audienca de Charcas
• Agustina Rodríguez Romero, Old Testament Paintings in Colonial Bolivia: A Remote Past for New Believers / Pinturas del Antiguo Testamento en la Bolivia colonial: Un pasado remoto para nuevos creyentes
• Jeffrey Schrader, Statue Paintings: The Wayfaring Marian Images of Spain in Bolivia / Pinturas de estatua: Las imágenes españolas viajares de María en Bolivia
• Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Uniquely American Visions of the Virgin Mary / Imágenes unívocamente americanas de la Virgen María
• Gustavo Tudisco, Mountains, Volcanoes, Stones and Promontories: Eighteenth-Century Marian Devotion and Painting in the Andes / Montañas, volcanes, piedras y promontorios. El culto a María en los Andes y la pintura devocional del siglo XVIII
• Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Through Ocaña’s Eyes: Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sucre, Bolivia / A través de la mirada de Ocaña: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Sucre, Bolivia
• Adriana Pacheco Bustillos, The Nuns of Colonial Bolivia and the Art of Painting / Las monjas en la Bolivia colonial y el arte de la pintura
• Gabriela Siracusano, The Carabuco Paintings of the ‘Four Last Things’ /La pinturas de las Postrimerías de Carabuco
• Lucía Querejazu Escobari, Iconography and Ideology in the Paintings of Caquiaviri / Iconografía e Iconología en las pinturas de Caquiaviri

Iconographical Studies / Estudios iconográficos

With contributions by Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, Lucía Querejazu Escobari, Agustina Romero Rodríguez, Héctor Schenone, and Gustavo Tudisco

• The Painted Decoration of the Church of Jerusalem, Potosí / La decoración pintada de la Iglesia de Jerusalén de Potosí
• The Presbytery at the Sanctuary of Copacabana, Bolivia / Decoración del Presbiterio del Santuario de Copacabana, Bolivia
• Christ Crucified with Saints, Church of Santo Domingo, Sucre / Crucificado de Santo Domingo de Sucre
• Christ Carrying the Cross / Cristo con la cruz a cuestas
• The Passion of Christ / La Pasión de Cristo
• Christ of Malta / El Cristo de Malta
• ‘True Portraits’ of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary / ‘Retratos Verdaderos’ de Jesucristo y de la Virgen María
• Praise be / Alabado Sea
• The Soul of Mary / El Alma de María
• Our Lady of Succor / Nuestra Señora de Socorro
• Our Lady of Remedies of La Paz / Nuestra Señora de los Remedios de La Paz
• Our Lady of Multiple Devotions / Nuestra Señora de Advocaciones Múltiples
• Mary, Queen of Heaven / María, Reina del Cielo
• The Divine Shepherdess / La Divina Pastora
• Presentation of the Chasuble to Saint Ildephonsus / La imposición de la casulla a San Ildefonso
• Our Lady of Soterraña of Nieva / Nuestra Señora de Soterraña de Nieva
• The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in Paintings in Colonial Bolivia / La Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción en las pinturas de la Bolivia colonial
• The Painted Angels of Colonial Bolivia / Las pinturas de ángeles de la Bolivia colonial
• Saint Nicholas of Tolentino and Saint Nicholas of Bari / San Nicolás de Tolentino y San Nicholás de Bari
• Saint Augustine, Patron Saint of the Rich Hill of Potosí / San Agustín, Santo Patrono del Cerro Rico de Potosí
• Virgin Saints and Martyrs / Vírgenes Santas y Mártires

Bibliography/ Bibliografía
Index/ Índice
Contributors / Autores



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