University of Arizona

Take Another Look! Resources for the Study of Mexican Visual Culture in the Morales de Escárcega Collection

Manuscript of Convento de Santo Domingo de Mexico documents

Presented by Professor Stacie Widdifield, Professor of Art History at University of Arizona. Professor Widdifield teaches Colonial and Modern Mexican Art. Her research interests include history, gender, nationalism, and institutions in 19th and early 20th century Mexico. Her publications include The Embodiment of the National in Late Nineteenth-Century Mexican Painting, as well as articles on 19th century Mexican art. She also edited La Amplitud del Modernismo y la Modernidad.

The Morales de Escárcega Collection is rich in textual resources of obvious importance to scholars in the social sciences and humanities in particular. These range from official documents produced by Colonial period scribes to mass-produced pamphlets and books from the twentieth century. And within this collection of materials on Mexican history there is also much to offer scholars focusing on visual culture. This includes, for example, the technical manual Secretos Raros de Artes y Oficios: obra útil a toda clase de personas of 1833. Also among the treasures in the collection are several important texts illustrated with lithographs, such as the periodical La Guirnalda. Semanario de historia, geografia, literatura y variedades of 1844 in which are published a series of portraits of Archbishops of Mexico as well as a depiction of a recently erected statue of Antonio López de Santa Anna. This presentation highlights the collection’s resources for the study of Mexican visual culture.

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