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History, Art history, Geography, Historical geography, Colonialism, Mexico, 1800-1900


History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Latin American History | Music


"In the fall of 1892, to honor the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic, the Exposición Histórico-Americana opened its doors in Madrid. Thousands of visitors came to be awed and edified by all the known portraits depicting Columbus, feather paintings made by Christianized Aztecs, mineralogical specimens, Quimbaya gold figurines, Amerindian skulls and mummies, and even a model of a Viking ship. In a spacious structure on the Paseo de Recoletos (that today houses both the Biblioteca Nacional and the Museo Arqueológico), works from nearly twenty European and American nations were carefully arranged to offer viewers, most of them Madrileños and European tourists, an eclectic and rich visual encounter with the New World and its culture."--first paragraph

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RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, no. 29/30

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