Contingent Images: Looking Obliquely at Colonial Mexican Featherwork in Early Modern Europe.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Author(s): McMahon, Brendan C. (AUTHOR)
  • Source:
    Art Bulletin. Jun2021, Vol. 103 Issue 2, p24-49. 26p.
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      What did early modern European audiences make of the iridescent surfaces of colonial Mexican featherwork? While much previous scholarship relates their appeal to brightness, they also exhibit chromatic instability activated by alterations in the angle of illumination or view. This plurality of viewing experiences mirrored those provided by a range of other popular forms of contingent media such as anamorphic and ambiguous images. In ways both similar and distinct, featherwork exposed conventions of pictorial representation and the limitations of the sense of sight itself, embodying an epistemological dilemma that was especially important to the intellectual culture of seventeenth-century Spain. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
    • Abstract:
      Copyright of Art Bulletin is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)