Adam Jasienski:"Zurbarán and the Americas"
"Zurbarán and the Americas," by Adam Jasienski, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Upon arrival in the Americas in 1492, the Spanish sought to understand the things they encountered by relating them to familiar narratives. In one such instance, sixteenth-century scholars strove to place indigenous American peoples within the framework of biblical history, arguing that they were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. This lecture examines the long history of such attempts and their impact on the region’s artistic and religious traditions. This lecture is made possible by Ayesha Bulchandani.