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Artistic and Cultural Hydridizations between China and the Viceroyalty of New Spain

Artistic and Cultural Hydridizations between China and the Viceroyalty of New Spain
170 St. George Street, JHB room 318
Time: Apr 4th, 5:00 pm End: Apr 4th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Latin American, History (FAS), French (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), 1500-1800
Lecture by María Teresa González-Linaje, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico

Artistic and cultural hybridizations
between China and the Viceroyalty of New Spain

Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico

April 4, 2016 at 5 pm

University of Toronto
Jackman Humanities Building
Room 318, 170 St. George Street

Prof. Dr. María Teresa (Maite) González-Linaje has been a member of the S.N.I. (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, Mexico), with highest rank in the PRODEP (Programa para el Desarrollo Profesional Docente, Mexico) and is part of the international research Group I + D + i Trama. Her work focuses on intercultural processes between China and Europe throughout history, chiefly 16th through 18th centuries. Her most recent book offers an in-depth artistic and historical analysis of the Battle Copper Prints by Giuseppe Castiglione—later published in a reduced version by Helman—and his coreligionists, which accompanies a facsimile edition of these prints. She is also pursuing research into books on China during the Viceroyalty of New Spain (16th to 18th centuries) and is a specialist in comparative aesthetics between Chinese and Western landscape painting. Furthermore, she is an experienced teacher and an accomplished professional in painting techniques and design, as well as a highly skilled illustrator.

For a few centuries the Spanish Empire had a presence in Asia, America, Africa and Europe, and its colonies and viceroyalties all over the world allowed the spread of a curious phenomenon: the first globalization of Chinese art. In Mexico, part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, the influence of China and other Asian nations was a direct result of the commercial activity that linked the Philippines, Mexico and Spain. Mexico became the most important stop-over in this route of Asian goods toward Europe, receiving Asian migrants, oriental decorative arts, and pushing the development of a new taste that conquered the Western courts: Chinoiserie. In Puebla de los Angeles the arrival of chinaware and Spanish majolica influenced the local production of Talavera pottery, creating a new hybrid style which survives today. The reception of a Chinese style was also promoted by the many books on China printed in Europe, which offered the public the image of a nation led by a benevolent emperor. Jesuits and other religious orders fought for the control of this image in the context of the Chinese Rites Controversy. The Viceroyalty of New Spain thus became not merely another actor in the discussion of the role of China in enlightened Europe, but it also reflected the influence of China in the aesthetic of everyday life and in several customs that are clear manifestations of the successes and failures to understand the culture of the Other.

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This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Department of French, University of Toronto. Organized by Professor Andreas Motsch.


  • Latin American Studies Program
  • Department of French
  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
  • Consulate General of Mexico

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