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Casta Paintings – Defining Race, Class and Identity in Colonial Latin America

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A Further Look at Casta Paintings and the Construct of Race

By Dash Harris

“Casta” is Spanish for caste and “casta paintings” existed in colonial Latin America during the 17th and 18th century. They … Read More

Constructing Race With Images in Spanish Colonial America

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Constructing Race With Images 

By Lorraine Spencer

Pintura de castas

Casta paintings are colonial paintings from the 18th century. They are portraits from Mexico that represent images of mixed race families.  The paintings were used … Read More