Mexican Art and the Academy of San Carlos, 1785-1915

Mexican Art and the Academy of San Carlos, 1785-1915

Mexican Art and the Academy of San Carlos, 1785-1915

Mexican Art and the Academy of San Carlos, 1785-1915

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In the art of Mexico since the Spanish Conquest, it has been assumed that there are two periods, the Colonial and the Modern. Between these lustrous plateaus lay a dark hiatus called Neo-Classicism, dominated by the Academy of San Carlos, from which we have turned away our eyes in distress. Like a grandfather who was an embezzler, this period seemed not only to be unsuitable, but to have no connection with the family line. But along with our distrust of the autocratic and the derivative in art, we have today a special curiosity about the varieties of art, and the character of periods of transition. So we come to wonder what was really happening in . . .

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