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

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico

The Casa de Montejo, 1st Edition

By C. Cody Barteet


200 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138585652
pub: 2019-06-28
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This book investigates the role of the architectural façade as an indicator of individual and communal cultural identities, focusing on a residence of a conquistador rather than religious and monarchial structures. Cody Barteet analyzes the Casa de Montejo within the visual culture that it belongs, including transatlantic networks of architectural exchange. Such a contextualization allows for consideration of the architectural rhetoric of the façade, the design of which visualizes the contestations of autonomy and authority occurring among the colonial peoples, including between the colonizers and colonized, among the colonizers and the Crown and its surrogate institutions, and among the colonized peoples as they attempted to situate themselves within the new societal realties of Yucatán.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter One: The Casa de Montejo and Mérida; Chapter Two: Facades, the Plateresque, Diego de Sagredo, Communal Identity in Spain; Chapter Three: The Montejo Façade and the Position of Adelantado; Chapter Four: Tihó-Mérida and the Casa de Montejo; Chapter Five: 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