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'Bajo su sombra': The Narration and Reception of Colonial Urban Space in Early Nineteenth-Century Havana, Cuba

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Title: 'Bajo su sombra': The Narration and Reception of Colonial Urban Space in Early Nineteenth-Century Havana, Cuba
Author: Niell, Paul Barrett
Advisor(s): Hernandez-Duran, Ray
Committee Member(s): Mead, Christopher Curtis
Andrews, Justine Marie
Burroughs, Charles
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art History
Subject: Cuban
Architectural history
Identity
Creole
LC Subject(s): Neoclassicism (Art)--Cuba
Public art--Cuba--Havana--19th century
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: In early nineteenth-century Havana, Cuba, a small commemorative monument was erected on the Plaza de Armas to honor the site of the city's founding. Through academic history painting, Neoclassical architecture, and the appropriation of symbolic urban space, this memorial reconstructed the sixteenth-century history of the city for nineteenth-century audiences. This addition to the plaza could be seen as an extension of the Bourbon Reforms, which aimed to modernize the city by introducing public works and pedagogical methods that would make this Cuban colony function more efficiently in the insterests of Spain. However, upon closer examination, the memorial for the plaza reveals layers of meaning, which indicate the active reconfiguration of Euro-American classicisms by local groups, a visual dialogue between elite and masses, and the polysemic nature of Colonial urban space.
Graduation Date: May 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/7732


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