New Publication: ‘Visual Culture and Indigenous Agency in the Early Americas’ edited by Alessia Frassani

This volume explores how visual arts functioned in the indigenous pre- and post-conquest New World as vehicles of social, religious, and political identity. Twelve scholars in the eld of visual arts examine indigenous artistic expressions in the American continent from the pre-Hispanic age to the present. The contributions ofer new interpretations of materials, objects, and techniques based on a critical analysis of historical and iconographic sources and argue that indigenous agency in the continent has been primarily conceived and expressed in visual forms in spite of the textual epistemology imposed since the conquest.

Contributors are: Miguel Arisa, Mary Brown, Ananda Cohen- Aponte, Elena FitzPatrick Siford, Alessia Frassani, Jeremy James George, Orlando Hernández Ying, Angela Herren Rajagopalan, Keith Jordan, Lorena Tezanos Toral, Marcus B. Burke, and Lawrence Waldron.


Archaeologists, art historians, and researchers in culture area studies related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Research institutes, libraries, and universities with both undergraduate and post-graduate students and faculty with interests in these areas.

Alessia Frassani, Ph.D. (2009), City University of New York, has published books and articles on Mesoamerican pictography and colonial Latin American art, including Building Yanhuitlan: Art, politics, and religion in the Mixteca Alta since 1500(University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). 


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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