Many indigenous art forms continued during the Spanish Colonial era and were adapted to European and Christian subject matter. The tradition of feather arts in Mexico – previously used for making elegant Aztec feather capes, shields, and images of native gods – was now used to create shimmering pictures of Christian saints and became collectors’ items in Europe. Previously made in royal Aztec schools, including one attached to Moctezuma’s aviary, after the conquest artists made Aztec-style feather mosaics depicting saints rather than pagan gods. Particularly renowned were the mission schools of Mexico City and Michoacán in western Mexico. When new, the natural iridescence of the feathers produced a shimmering effect that Christians associated with divine light from heaven.
--Donna Pierce, 2015
- Splendors of Baroque Mexico, Denver Art Museum, 1984-85, Denver Art Museum Permanent Galleries, 1999-2005.
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020
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