Return Journey. Art of the Americas in Spain

November 2 2021

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Picture: Prado

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Prado in Madrid opened a new exhibition last month called Return Journey. Art of the Americas in Spain.

According to the museum's website:

Return Journey. Art of the Americas in Spain, sponsored by Fundación AXA, recounts a little known phenomenon: the fact that following the conquest of Latin America and until its independence, more works of art arrived in Spain from that continent than from Flanders or Italy and that the movement of works was not one-directional, from Spain to Latin America, as is generally suggested. These thousands of objects, many of them created by indigenous or mestizo artists, often make use of materials, subjects and techniques unknown in Spain, while their creation reflects a range of intentions: reaffirmation of the dominance of the imperial power or the identitary aspirations of the Creole elites, as well as documentary, devotional and aesthetic reasons.

The exhibition will run until 13th February 2022. For who can't make it, the museum's website features a virtual tour at a cost of €2.50.

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