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Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

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Two portraits of different women from the 18th-century wearing very ornate dresses and wigs
MAJOR EXHIBITION

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

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August 14, 2022
CLOSES
January 8, 2023
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About the Exhibition

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 video is also available in Spanish on our YouTube channel.

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

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Upcoming / Past Events

2022sun04dec1:30 pmVisita Guiada Pública [EN ESPAÑOL]- Telas pintadas: Moda y Ritual en la América Latina ColonialRealice una visita guiada dirigida por un docente de esta importante exposición.1:30 pm(GMT-07:00) View in my time

2022sun04dec3:00 pmPublic Tour - Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin AmericaDelve into the details on this gallery teacher-led tour!3:00 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

2022thu08dec12:30 pmPublic Tour - Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin AmericaDelve into the details on this gallery teacher-led tour!12:30 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

2022sun18dec1:30 pmVisita Guiada Pública [EN ESPAÑOL]- Telas pintadas: Moda y Ritual en la América Latina ColonialRealice una visita guiada dirigida por un docente de esta importante exposición.1:30 pm(GMT-07:00) View in my time

2022sun18dec3:00 pmPublic Tour - Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin AmericaDelve into the details on this gallery teacher-led tour!3:00 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

2022thu22dec12:30 pmPublic Tour - Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin AmericaDelve into the details on this gallery teacher-led tour!12:30 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

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A book titled "Painted Cloth" on a chair

The accompanying catalogue for this exhibition is available for purchase at the front desk and online via The University of Texas Press.

248 pages, 8.00 x 10.50 x 1.70 in, 140 color images

$45

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America
Edited by Rosario I. Granados, Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas

This lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogue focuses on the social role of civil and religious clothing in Latin America during the 1700s.

Photo Gallery

"Ecstasy of Mary Magdalene," Cusco, 18th century, oil and gold on canvas, 211/4 × 263/4in., Colección Barbosa Stern, Lima
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Credits

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

Lead funding for this exhibition and accompanying catalogue is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom, with additional support from the Scurlock Foundation Exhibition Endowment.  

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

Feature Image Credit

Attributed to Pedro José Diaz, Portrait of Rosa de Salazar y Gabiño, Countess of Monteblanco and Montemar (detail), Lima, circa 1770–1780, oil on canvas, 37 x 29 3/4 in., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Jeanne and Michael Klein in honor of Marilynn Thoma, 2019; (right) Miguel Cabrera, Doña María de la Luz Padilla y Gómez de Cervantes (detail), Mexico City, circa 1760, oil on canvas, 43 x 33 in., Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund

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