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Art in New Spain

Albuquerque Museum presents the lecture, The Bourbon Monarchy and the Spanish Americas in the Eighteenth Century: Art Production in New Spain during the Era of Reforms and Revolutions with Dr. Ray Hernández Durán


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Mar 10, 2019
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Following the death in 1700 of the last Hapsburg king on the Spanish throne, Charles II, who died without an heir, the War of Succession resulted in the installment of the Bourbon monarchy at the head of the Spanish Catholic empire. The Bourbons had different approaches to rule than the previous Hapsburg dynasty. One of the main expressions of these different approaches to governing are found in the so-called Bourbon Reforms, which were intended to restructure and modernize the empire in order to better regulate it and increase economic productivity.

Dr. Ray Hernández Durán will briefly look at the Bourbon monarchy and its policies, and examine how works of art in the exhibition reflect the developments that define the eighteenth century in New Spain and other colonial territories. Among the works we will be examining are included pinturas de casta and portrait painting.

Dr. Ray Hernández Durán is an Associate Professor of Spanish Colonial Art and Architecture at the University of New Mexico.


Free general admission.
$5 additional special exhibit surcharge for "Visions of the Hispanic World"
No surcharge for children 12 and under.
Surcharge applies during free days and events at Albuquerque Museum.
Art in New Spain

Rodríguez Juárez, Juan (1675 Mexico City, Mexico – 1728), De Mestizo y de India produce Coyote, Mexico ca. 1720, Oil on canvas


Elizabeth Becker