No. 180: Luisa Elena Alcala, Ilona Katzew

Episode No. 180 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights Spanish colonial painting with historian Luisa Elena Alcala and curator Ilona Katzew.

Until now, there wasn’t a major publication that told the macro-history of Spanish Colonial painting. Yale University Press has just published a stunning new tome titled “Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820.”(Amazon offers it for $56.) It was edited by past MAN Podcast guest Jonathan Brown and by this week’s first guest, Luisa Elena Alcala. The book is likely to be the standard collegiate text on the subject for years to come.

Alcala is the professor titular at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

On the second segment, LACMA curator Ilona Katzew returns to the program to tell us about her splashy new acquisition of a major casta painting by Miguel Cabrera. The painting goes on view next weekend in an exhibition of recent major LACMA acquisitions. Cabrera is widely considered to be Mexico City’s greatest painter of the first half of the eighteenth century.

Air date: April 16, 2015.

Anonymous, Infant Christ of Huanca Dressed as an Inca, first half of the 18th century.

Anonymous, Infant Christ of Huanca Dressed as an Inca, first half of the 18th century.

Anonymous, The Young Virgin Spinning, late 17th century/early 18th century.

Anonymous, The Young Virgin Spinning, late 17th century/early 18th century.

Francisco de Zurbaran, Young Virgin in Ecstasy, ca. 1632-33.

Francisco de Zurbaran, Young Virgin in Ecstasy, ca. 1632-33.

Luis Juarez, Ascension, ca. 1625-30.

Luis Juarez, Ascension, ca. 1625-30.

Cristobal de Villalpando, Glorification of the Virgin (Puebla Cathedral), 1688-89.

Cristobal de Villalpando, Glorification of the Virgin (Puebla Cathedral), 1688-89.

Jose de Ibarra, The Divine Spouse, 1728.

Jose de Ibarra, The Divine Spouse, 1728.

Anonymous Cuzco artist, Archangel with Harquebusier, ca. 1690-1720.

Anonymous Cuzco artist, Archangel with Harquebusier, ca. 1690-1720.

Miguel Cabrera, 6. From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino Girl (6. De español y morisca, albina), 1763.

Miguel Cabrera, 6. From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino Girl (6. De español y morisca, albina), 1763.

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