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IMAGES TAKE FLIGHT: FEATHER ART IN MEXICO AND EUROPE, 1400-1700. Alessandra Russo et al. Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2015. Published in association with Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz -- Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, and Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 480 pp. with 284 ills. (246 col.). 31 x 25 cm. ISBN 9783777420639 In English.
This book grew out of related exhibition titled "El vuelo de las imagenes: Arte plumario en Mexico y Europa," which was presented in 2011 at the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: This beautiful volume presents a stunning range of feather mosaics from Mexico and Latin America that were created during the time of the Spanish Empire. It presents new photographs of these complicated, beautiful works, and through essays and analysis explores the history, aesthetics, importance, and religious and cultural significance of the pieces. Scholars analyze the complicated use of varied materials in the artworks, which include not only feathers but also jade, turquoise, and gold, and they draw lessons about the Mesoamerican understanding of ornithology and natural history. No book has ever brought together so many images of artworks from this tradition, let alone assembled a team of scholars to offer such trenchant analysis. It will be essential for art historians, scholars of colonialism, and historians of the Spanish Empire alike.
Indexing: Western, Latin America, Europe — Mexico — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Several Media
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 155252
Hardcover $75.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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