El arte de la América virreinal como complemento y superación de la fuerza y el derecho

Translated title of the contribution: Art in colonial America as improvement of strength and law

Joaquín García-Huidobro*

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The undoubted violence of the Conquest was followed by the determination to establish a new order in the occupied lands. For these purposes, the Crown used law, which in the case of the Indies had a very original character, because it applied different statutes to different human groups. However, law was not a sufficient instrument to create a meeting place where indigenous people could recognise themselves in a meaningful way. This paper shows how art played that role more effectively. In fact, the so-called colonial art was not limited to being a mere copy of European models, but presented its own characteristics, which largely respond to the peculiar way of being of the conquered peoples.

Translated title of the contributionArt in colonial America as improvement of strength and law
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)181-199
Number of pages19
Issue number517
StatePublished - 2018

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