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Conferences & Lectures - Kress

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Location: Musei Reali di Torino

Luis Javier Cuesta Hern谩ndez, Universidad Iberoamericana/Mexico City

Guarino Guarini and Early Modern Hispanic Americas: Books, Images, and Architecture between Torino and Mexico

Late seventeenth-century/early eighteenth-century architecture in New Spain (today麓s Mexico) cannot be explained without the influence exerted by Guarino Guarini. In the last few years scholars have been offering insights on dissemination of Guarini鈥檚 ideas in Colonial Americas. The existence of architectural works featuring the Theatine monk鈥檚 Ordine Corintio Supremo or Ordine Ondeggiante, raises interesting questions about Guarini鈥檚 possible influence through different sources.

This lecture starts with an examination of Guarini鈥檚 visual language in the context of New Spain麓s architecture. Then it reconsiders the arrival and use (misuse?) of theoretical sources in New Spain. Unfortunately, art historical scholarship concerning this matter has remained largely local. I therefore aim to discuss the movement, reinstallation, and reinterpretation of architectural images; the sources of architecture and their changing (or unchanging) meaning; printed and other reproductions and their relationship to new originals.

Finally this conference also aims to be part of the 400th anniversary of Guarino Guarini麓s birth (1624鈥1683), in taking into account an important (and yet almost forgotten) role of his theoretical work. For that, I will try to reconstruct the possible ways that Guarini麓s work followed in arriving to Early Modern Hispanic Americas: if that work was able to reach almost every corner of New Spain, we need to find out how that was achieved (some initial ideas about it could be related to Jesuit fathers such as Giovanni Battista Zappa from Torino or Simon Bohuradsky from Bohemia).

In-person, with live-streaming for remote attendees
Lecture and Q&A 15.00-16.30
Followed by a visit to the exhibition Guercino: Il mestiere del pittore & cocktail reception.


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