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Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 / Cultura visual de Hispanoamérica, 1520–1820

An exciting new format, this bilingual DVD and its companion website introduce readers to the visual culture of colonial Spanish America, offering an unrivaled number of high-resolution images as well as videos, maps, primary documents, and more.

January 2010
This book is out of print and no longer available.

Designed for use by teachers, students, and scholars, the bilingual and interactive Vistas DVD and companion website introduce readers to the visual culture of colonial Spanish America. Examining works of high art as well as the material culture of daily life, Vistas explores the cross-pollination and cultural diversity that defined the colonial period in the wake of the Spanish conquest of indigenous America. Offering an unprecedented wealth of visual material, Vistas includes access to a gallery of over three hundred high-resolution annotated images, a collection with a range and richness unavailable from any other source.


  • Videos covering main ideas and key images
  • Interpretative analysis of each image
  • Library of primary documents in the original Spanish or indigenous language, side-by-side with an English translation and commentary
  • Maps and historical photographs of major colonial cities
  • Glossary of important terms
  • Searchable bibliography
  • Historical time line
  • Gallery of over three hundred high-resolution images
  • Teaching ideas and sample syllabi on the companion website



Dana Leibsohn is Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Associate Professor of Art History at Smith College and the author of Script and Glyph: Pre-Hispanic History, Colonial Bookmaking and the Historia Tolteca-Chichimeca.

Barbara E. Mundy is Associate Professor of Art History at Fordham University and the author of The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas, winner of the 1996 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography.



"Vistas is an engaging Digital Humanities project that should give publishers of textbooks pause as they contemplate their futures. It is easy to imagine using this resource in the classroom..."
Michael J. Schreffler, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Americas