Knight writes that "The preponderance of paintings demonstrates how thoroughly a European idiom came to prevail in New Spain. Even the uniquely Asian tradition of painted folding screens, unknown in Europe, came to the region by way of Spain's colony in the Philippines. Dazzling screens display extravagant personifications of four continents, Hernán Cortés' dramatic defeat of Moctezuma, a lavish map of Mexico City and, from LACMA's own collection, a sumptuous Indian wedding ceremony at a Catholic church... ecstatic emphasis on surface even makes colonial paintings feel circumstantially modern"
Monica Bowen blogs about Colonial Aztec feather paintings.
Bowen writes: "...Europeans also were fascinated with feather paintings, not only for their technical skill, but apparently for their delicacy... it doesn’t seem surprising that the Europeans would be drawn to imagery that reinforces the delicacy and fragility (in other words, the weakness) of the Amerindians. And I think it is especially interesting that the this idea of fragility is not necessarily embodied in the subject matter for the imagery, but in the artistic medium itself."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.