Appropriations and Invention

Three Centuries of Art in Spanish America, Selections from the Denver Art Museum



ISBN: 9783777439686 Category:


Drawing from the renowned collection of Latin American Art at the Denver Art Museum, this catalogue examines the processes of appropriation and invention in the arts of Spanish America from the 1520s to the 1820s.

The catalogue highlights Latin American masterpieces, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, made shortly after the conquest and before the independence movements. Arranged regionally, the essays explore how artists found freedom despite colonial authority. While pleasing clients, many artists of Indigenous and African descent also reclaimed and reshaped the arts for themselves and their new colonial realities. Epilogue essays will consider modern and contemporary trends.

Additional information

Weight 1700 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 30 March 2023
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Jorge F. Rivas Pérez
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1700 g


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Jorge F. Rivas Pérez is the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Latin American Art and department head at the Denver Art Museum. He has curated The Light Show and ReVisión: Art in the Americas. He edits and organizes the Mayer Center symposium and publication and has written essays on a wide range of Latin American art, design, and material culture. He received his PhD from Bard Graduate Center in New York.