Golden brocades and voluptuous fabrics are a characteristic visual feature of Spanish American art. 

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America addresses the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in different media produced in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela during the 1600s and 1700s. Beyond emphasizing how aesthetic traditions of European and Indigenous origin were woven together during this period, the exhibition showcases the production, use, and meaning of garments as well as the ways they were experienced both in civil and religious settings.

This exhibition is organized by Rosario I. Granados, Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.

Generous funding for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, and is also made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Unknown artist, Nuestra Señora de Belén con un donante [Our Lady of Bethlehem with a Donor], Cuzco, Peru, 18th century, oil on canvas, 105 1/4 x 73 x 2 1/2 in., Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma