TAG: Spanish Colonial art

Photograph of artist Carlos Frésquez with his artwork in the background.
Lesson Spark

The Magic of Discovery

Carlos Frésquez is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of installations. Find out how he was inspired early on to make art. 

Carlos Frésquez, exploring identity and place through his work, remembers his first experiences with art. His kindergarten teacher made art magical and let him discover color mixing.

Mateo Pérez de Alesio, Virgen de la Leche, Lima, Peru, circa 1600.
Event: Members

Member Lecture

 Evolving Canon: The Madonna in the Viceroyalty of Peru with Jorge Rivas Pérez
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm2:30pm.

Jorge Rivas Pérez, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, will share his curatorial insights on paintings depicting the Virgin Mary from the Viceroyalty of Peru. More

Las Almas de los muertos installation
Blog: en español


Celebra tu creatividad y cultura cada primer sábado del mes con actividades bilingües para toda la familia. Visítanos el 5 de noviembre y participa en las siguientes actividades. More

Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits of New Mexico: The Politics of a Hagiographical Misery
Event: Lectures & Programs

Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits of New Mexico: The Politics of a Hagiographical Misery

with Emmanuel Ortega
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

In the middle of the eighteenth century, Franciscan martyr portraits became popular in monastic spaces of the Spanish viceroyalties of central Mexico. To visually construct the meritorious life of these martyrs, artists drew inspiration from hagiographic chronicles that featured the graphic depiction of the gruesome deaths of friars. More

Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City
Event: Lectures & Programs

Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City

with Sara Ryu
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm7:45pm.

In the decades following the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1519-1521), many pre-Columbian stone sculptures in the immediate vicinity of Mexico-Tenochtitlan were unmoored from their specific contexts, subjected to physical manipulations, and endowed with new functions. With the surviving evidence for reuse plentiful and diverse, this lecture by Sara Ryu will examine the afterlives of specific Mexica sculptures in the viceregal capital, and develop a sense of their distinct rhetorical strategies. More

Spanish Colonial Shipwrecks of Florida
Event: Lectures & Programs

Spanish Colonial Shipwrecks of Florida

with Mel King
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:30pm3:00pm.

Spain’s American colonies formed the center of a trade network that spanned the globe. Fleets of wooden sailing ships were responsible for carrying rich cargoes of New World bullion and fine European and Asian goods, and guarding them from the ever-present threat of pirates. More

Students learning about the art of Mexico during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip


Ancient Maya, Spanish Colonial & Southwest Colorado
Grades 4–8

Students experience the art and culture of Mexico through powerful objects from Pre-Columbian times to the present on this discovery-oriented, multi-sensory tour.

Young Dancers at the Denver Art Museum for Dia del Nino
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Join the Denver Art Museum for Día del Niño 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 10 am–5 pm

Includes a variety of performances and free general admission to non-ticketed exhibitions at the DAM, History Colorado, Byers-Evans House Museum, and the Clyfford Still Museum. More

Arrangements of Flower-themed Artworks


Jun 1, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the Denver Art Museum this summer as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers and in conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter.

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