Casta Painting (From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino) (Pintura de castas [De español y morisca, albino])

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Casta Painting (From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino) (Pintura de castas [De español y morisca, albino])

Mexico, 18th century
Paintings
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 36 x 28 in. (91.44 x 71.12 cm); Framed: 41 1/2 x 34 x 1 1/2 in. (105.41 x 86.36 x 3.81 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund (M.2009.62)
Currently on public view:
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 MAP IT
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4

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Curator Notes

Casta painting is a unique pictorial genre invented in New Spain. The works depict the complex process of racial among Amerindians, Spaniards, and Africans....
Casta painting is a unique pictorial genre invented in New Spain. The works depict the complex process of racial among Amerindians, Spaniards, and Africans. Unlike most sets that represent racially mixed couples with their children, the artist of this canvas depicts a mother and child, recalling the earliest prototypes of the genre. Here, a morisca (Moorish) woman is shown wearing a manga, a type of clothing worn exclusively by women of this racial group, which resembled an inverted skirt fitted over the head. Her albino child wears a medallion to protect him against the evil eye. Ilona Katzew, 2010
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