Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898
“Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898,” is a must have for every art lover and Spanish history buff. This beautifully crafted book takes the reader inside the Spanish colonial home focusing on three categories of household goods: portraitures, luxury objects and religious objects.
Behind Closed Doors
Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898
223 pp. The Monacelli Press
Spanish Americans were the new world elites in the sixteenth century and beyond who claimed their social status through the display of beautiful things inside their home. As a result of profiteering from mining, cattle ranching and agricultural enterprises Spanish Americans became some of the world’s wealthiest people.
The book aptly explains the connection between the possessions and the status they rendered on its owners. The book collaborators drew on the stellar collection of Spanish and British colonial art at the Brooklyn Museum to present this comprehensive book.
When we peek inside the Spanish American home we see works by Creole, native artists and European masters that are wonderfully displayed throughout the book.
“Behind Closed Doors” provides an excellent birds eye view on how Spanish American households were run, social rituals and often connects the collection of major objects to the owner’s Spanish roots. One of the more interesting sections in the book is ‘Women and Art’ that explains how many works of art in Spanish American homes were owned and curated by women.
For art lovers who are interested in more visual treats this book does not disappoint, from silverware to painted screens to stunning paintings from Mexico’s master painters like Jose de Alcibar.