Barbara Braun

  • Coming to Terms with the “Treasures of Mexico”

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    In the 19th century, Mexican artists followed French academic models. For example, the late 19th-century painting The Senate of Tlaxcala, by Rodrigo Gutiérrez, represents pre-Conquest Indians in the romantic manner as noble savages. Not surprisingly, the paintings furthest removed from academic conventions were the most arresting, such as a haunting Portrait of the Child Manuela Gutiérrez by José María Estrada, or the refreshing Banquet of General Antonio de León. José Guadalupe Posada, who anticipated the social concerns, and the interest in pre-Hispanic

  • Technique and Meaning: The Example of Andean Textiles

    A CONSIDERATION OF THE TECHNICAL excellence of both pre-Columbian and contemporary fabrics from Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador was the focus of a recent exhibition entitled “Warp-Patterned Weaves of the Andes” originating at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. last spring and subsequently traveling to the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York from September 20th to November 13th. Anne P. Rowe, Curator of New World Textiles for the Textile Museum, organized the show and wrote the catalogue.

    The exhibition itself raised a number of questions about the cultural conditions