Arce Y Miranda Casta Casta Painting Analysis

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, 204) provided images that could be appropriated by bureaucrats and clergy to help shape the Spanish imaginary of empire in the face of hyper-critical European assessments of Spain. If for Arce y Miranda casta paintings signified a form of calumny, for others such as Lorenzana and Bucareli they could represent images of colonial resources and subject populations, and simultaneously signify Spain's participation in the ‘culture of curiosity’ through the commissioning and collection of such artifacts, and in the broader scientific developments of the period. Arce y Miranda's reactions reflected
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