Week 2 (4/21): Post-Independence

WEEK 12 (4/21): POST-INDEPENDENCE: Caudillismo, academic Death, and Death Photography

Topics: The War of Independence and caudillismo. Secular relics. The Academy of San Carlos, nationalism, and death-related subject matter. The development of photography in relation to death, dying, and assassination. Angelitos genre of photography. Maximillian in Mexico.


  1. Observe the images in folder for this week.
  2. Then, read Mandell, Elisa. “Posthumous Portrait of Children in Early Modern Spain and Mexico.” In Death and the Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World. Hispanic Issues On Line 7 (2010): 68-88.
  3. Are the objects in any way illuminated by what you read? Jot down your ideas in your notebook or after your reading summary.

Recommended Reading:

  • Edward Sullivan, “Naturalezas muertas,” The Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas (Yale University Press, 2007).
  • Website about Mexican Independence: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mexicanrev.htm [Scroll down on main page]

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