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The Reception of Autos-de-Fe in 18th Century New Spain: Image, Text and Practice

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Title: The Reception of Autos-de-Fe in 18th Century New Spain: Image, Text and Practice
Author: Ortega, Emmanuel
Advisor(s): Hernandez-Duran, Raymond
Committee Member(s): Buick, Kirsten Pai
Johnston, Adrian
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art History
Subject(s): Art History
Novohispanic Inquisition
LC Subject(s): Autos-da-fe--New Spain--Pictorial works
Inquisition--New Spain--Pictorial works
Christianity and art--Catholic Church--New Spain--18th century
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: In 18th century New Spain, autos-de-fé were publicly performed as a way to openly confront the sins of heretics and to announce their penance. Paintings of these events are among the rarest scenes ever depicted on both sides of the Atlantic. Paintings, such as Un auto de fè en el pueblo de San Bartolomé Otzolotepec ca.1716, emphasize the impressive display of power enacted by the inquisition through autos-de-fé. However, they downplay the presence of the indigenous spectator-participant in lieu of the organizers and elite invitees. In terms of content, however, this painting represents a unique example of auto images since its subject matter centers around the judging of Natives. Furthermore, in this thesis, I examine autos-de-fé in New Spain by analyzing its performance through pictorial and written accounts as well as by studying the space in which autos took place. Besides providing a new interpretation of the event this interpretation aims to produce a deeper understanding of auto-de-fé images in general.
Graduation Date: July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12124

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