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Academies and Schools of Art in Latin America

1st Edition

Edited by Oscar E. Vázquez


272 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This edited volume’s chief aim is to bring together, in an English-language source, the principal histories and narratives of some of the most significant academies and national schools of art in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

The book highlights issues shared by Latin American academies of art, but also those that differentiate them from their European counterparts. Authors examine issues including: statutes; influence of workshops and guilds; the importance of patronage; discourses of race and ethnicity in visual pedagogy; and European models versus the quest for national schools. It also offers first-time English translations of many foundational documents of the subject academies and schools.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, Latin American and Hispanic studies, and modern visual cultures.


"Various scholars who work on Latin American art history have long noted the absence of substantive work on art academies and museums in Latin America. This timely volume is welcome and hopefully represents a trend that will continue to develop our understanding of art institutions, art practices, and cultural politics in nineteenth-century Latin American countries."

- Ray Hernández-Durán, University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

Introduction. Oscar E. Vázquez

  1. Argentina. "Between Buenos Aires and Europe: Cosmopolitanism, Pensionnaires and Arts Education in late 19th Argentina." María Isabel Baldassare
  2. Brazil. "From ‘Academy’ to ‘School’: Transformations in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, 1816-1930." Arthur Valle
  3. Chile. "Visual Arts Education in Chile: Construction and Development of a State-led Artistic System (1849-1959)." Pablo Berrios González and Natalia Vargas Márquez
  4. Colombia. "Forming the National School of Fine Arts in Colombia: Local desires and external influences." Olga Acosta Luna
  5. Cuba. "The Coloniality of Aesthetics: Regulating Race and Buen Gusto in Cuba’s Nineteenth-Century Academy." Paul Niell
  6. Ecuador. "Art Academies and the emergence of a modern artistic system in Ecuador: 1848-1925." Trinidad Pérez Arias
  7. Mexico. "Between Peninsulares and Mexican Academicians: Jerónimo Gil and the Founding of the San Carlo Academy in New Spain. Eduardo Báez Macías
  8. Peru. "The first decade Peru’s National School of Fine Arts: Nationalism and Indigenismo in the ‘Patria Nueva’." Luis Eduardo Wuffarden
  9. Uruguay. "Pedro Figari’s innovative project in education and art."

Nancy Carbajal

About the Editor

Oscar E. Vázquez is Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Romanticism
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Caribbean & Latin American
HISTORY / Latin America / Central America
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
HISTORY / Latin America / South America
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism