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Following the overthrow of the Aztec and Incan Empires, the Spanish Empire instituted programs of political, religious, and social control throughout Central and South America that permanently altered the cultural and artistic landscape of this region. Beginning with the foundation of the city of Santo Domingo in 1502 and ending with the “mission trail” of churches established by Junipero Serra in 18th-century Spanish California, this course will examine the art, architecture, and urbanism that projected the image of Spain onto the “New World.” Other issues to be discussed include the interaction between Spanish and local traditions, symbolic map-making, the emergence of a “Spanish Colonial” sensibility, and the transformations of form and meaning at individual sites over time.

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