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“A Christian image causes in us desire for virtue and horror of vice”: Persuasion, Masculinities, and Visual Culture in the Context of Spanish Colonial Expansion

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“A Christian image causes in us desire for virtue and horror of vice”: Persuasion, Masculinities, and Visual Culture in the Context of Spanish Colonial Expansion

Sáenz, Daniel Santiago ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4362-2304 (2018) “A Christian image causes in us desire for virtue and horror of vice”: Persuasion, Masculinities, and Visual Culture in the Context of Spanish Colonial Expansion. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the discursive role that portrayals of masculinities, both hegemonic and deviant, played in the colonization and christianization of Indigenous peoples in New Spain, as well as the perpetuation of European imperialism in the years following the conquest. The thesis takes as case studies the portrayal of sodomy in the Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España (1558–1585) and of heteronormative masculinity in Los desposorios de la Virgen (1645–1652) by Spanish-born painter Sebastián López de Arteaga (1610–1652). Drawing from artistic theory of the period, this work contextualizes both case studies within larger discussions of (homo)sexuality and the nature of religious images to argue that European colonizers sought to extend the influence of Euro-Catholic colonialism into the intimate lives of Indigenous people.�

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Sáenz, Daniel Santiago
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:August 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Stowell, Steven
Keywords:Masculinities, Art Theory, Colonization, New Spain, Sodomy, Spain.
ID Code:984112
Deposited By: DANIEL SANTIAGO SAENZ
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 15:05
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 15:05
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