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Work In Progress: “Retablos of Mani: The Convergence of Maya and Spanish Art.”
Polychrome Art in the Early Modern World (2021)
  • C. Cody Barteet, Western University
This paper examines the retablos of ex-convent of Saint Michael the Archangel in Mani, Yucatán. Although much has been written regarding the convent’s construction and its history, little consideration has been given to seven colonial altarpieces. Likely created during the seventeenth century into the eighteenth century, the retablos exhibit structural forms spanning the evolution of imported European styles, that of Renaissance and Baroque, filtered through the exchange of European and Indigenous artistic practices. Of the seven altarpieces, this paper analyzes the retablo dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua. In approaching the retablo, its iconography is analyzed through the lens of publications dedicated to the miracles of Saint Anthony. Through this approach to the altarpiece, it reveals the artist’s unique contributions to the  Anthonian oeuvre. Thus, the altarpiece illustrates the evolution of artistic practices in Hispanic  America while also providing further insight into how Yucatecan artists were embracing and expanding the Yucatán’s visual culture. 
  • Retablo,
  • Mani,
  • Yucatan,
  • St Anthony,
  • Hispanic Art,
  • Maya
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Ilenia Colón Mendoza and Lisandra Estevez.
Citation Information
C. Cody Barteet. "Work In Progress: “Retablos of Mani: The Convergence of Maya and Spanish Art.”" New York and Milton ParkPolychrome Art in the Early Modern World (2021)
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