Casta paintings are remarkable. These eighteenth-century paintings from Mexico and Peru depict mixed-race families, sometimes in intimate domestic settings. There is nothing else quite like them.
‘The Pleasures of Taxonomy: Casta Paintings, Classification and Colonialism’ situates these paintings in the sentimental world of the colonial romance, as well as in the debates about human nature and mankind that typified eighteenth-century enlightened science. I’ve also used casta paintings to study clothing and its connections to ethnicity.
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|2016||Scholarship||Journal Article||The Pleasures of Taxonomy: Casta Paintings, Classification and Colonialism||William & Mary Quarterly 73:3||Link|
|2010||Scholarship||Book Chapter||Clothing and Ethnicity in Colonial Spanish America’ in The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives||Routledge||Link|
|2001||Scholarship||Journal Article||'Two Pairs of Pink Satin Shoes!!’: Clothing, Race and Identity in the Americas, 17th-19th Centuries||History Workshop Journal 52||Link|
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