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


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

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dc.contributor.author Ortega, Emmanuel
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-09T22:00:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-09T22:00:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-09
dc.date.submitted July 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12124
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Art History en_US
dc.subject Novohispanic Inquisition en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Autos-da-fe--New Spain--Pictorial works
dc.subject.lcsh Inquisition--New Spain--Pictorial works
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and art--Catholic Church--New Spain--18th century
dc.title The Reception of Autos-de-Fe in 18th Century New Spain: Image, Text and Practice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Art History en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art History en_US
dc.description.advisor Hernandez-Duran, Raymond
dc.description.committee-member Buick, Kirsten Pai
dc.description.committee-member Johnston, Adrian

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