18th-Century Latin American Artistic Pilgrimages to Paris

They followed a similar pattern of studying abroad for a few years and returning home to teach at an academy or establish their own studio. Introduction The allure of Paris has attracted artists from all over the world. In the 19th century, Latin American artists eagerly traveled to this artistic capital, in part because of[…]

Map of Cholula, Mexico, from the Relaciones Geográficas in 1581

The map is organized on a grid—as was the actual city it represents. Introduction In 1581, an Indigenous artist from San Gabriel, Cholula (near the city of Puebla in Mexico, then part of the viceroyalty of New Spain) created an extraordinary map that shows the main buildings and spaces of the city—all centered around the[…]

An Introduction to Indigenous Caribbean Taíno Art

The Taíno remain central to understanding the history and the cultural diversity of the Caribbean. Taíno: Natives of the Caribbean Except for a few Spanish chronicles, such as Fray Ramón Pané’s Relación de las antigüedades de los indios (An Account of the Antiquities of the Indians, 1497), there are few written records of Taíno culture.[…]

Dangerous U.S. Holidays, and Tips For Making Them Safer

Holidays are meant to be celebrated with friends and family. Whether the holiday requires you to exchange gifts, eat delicious food, dance, or swim, holidays in the U.S. can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, they can be dangerous too. It’s normal to let your hair down and relax when you’re celebrating a holiday, but[…]