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18th Century Mexican CASTA Paintings and the Birth of Colourism

Casta paintings illustrated the varying degrees of intermixture between colonial subjects, defining them for 18th century Spanish officials. A discovery in Leicester Museums and Galleries art store has lead to new research and an upcoming exhibition. Michael discusses. See more info below

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18th Century Mexican CASTA Paintings and the Birth of Colourism
18th Century Mexican CASTA Paintings and the Birth of Colourism

Time & Location

Sep 22, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1

Hybrid (online or in person), Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK


About the Event

An introduction to Mexican "CASTA" paintings from the colonial era on display at the

Leicester Art Gallery. The paintings by anonymous ingenious artists represent racial mixing

hierarchies, depicting diverse familial combinations of Spaniards, Indigenous peoples, and

Africans. The paintings reflect colonial ideas about race, purity, and socio-economic status in

18th-century New Spain, ideas which spread throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.


The Guardian: Gallery aims to reclaim narrative with its racist ‘casta’ paintings



The BBC: BBC Radio Four Thought

Tara Munroe reveals what she learned when she rescued some badly damaged paintings

which were due to be thrown out.


Pride and anxiety in New Spain: Francisco Clapera, set of sixteen Casta paintings, c. 1775

Delivered by Michael Ohajuru

Once booked and paid for you will receive an automated email confirming your attendance. This email will also contain a link should you want to follow the talk online.


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