Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico: The Casa de Montejo, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico

The Casa de Montejo, 1st Edition

By C. Cody Barteet


180 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the Casa de Montejo and considers the role of the building’s Plateresque façade as a form of visual rhetoric that conveyed ideas about the individual and communal cultural identities in sixteenth-century Yucatán. C. Cody Barteet analyzes the façade within the complex colonial world in which it belongs, including in multicultural Yucatán and the transatlantic world. This contextualization allows for an examination of the architectural rhetoric of the façade, the design of which visualizes the contestations of autonomy and authority occurring among the colonial peoples.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Casa de Montejo and Mérida; 2. The Plateresque Façade and Communal Identity in Spain; 3. The Montejo Façade and the Position of Adelantado; 4. Tihó-Mérida and the Casa de Montejo; 5. Gaspar Antonio Chi’s Heraldic Imagery and the Casa de Montejo Façade; Conclusion

About the Author

C. Cody Barteet is Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / History / Renaissance
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments
ART / History / General
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / Sculpture & Installation
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Native American
ART / Caribbean & Latin American
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
HISTORY / Renaissance
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism