A Visual Insight Into The Culture Of The Americas During The Time Of Colonization

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Artwork offers a visual insight into the culture in the Americas during the time of colonization. The casta paintings provide the best evidence to represent the melting pot of human cultures in the Americas during the early days of settlement. The 15th panel in the 1763 Caste Painting Series by Miguel Cabrera; De Mestizo y d 'India is an oil on canvas painting which depicts a mixed race family; a Mestizo man, an Indian woman and their two children, whom the caste system labels as “Coyotes”. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Spanish word “mestizo” refers to a man of European and Native American origin. Cabrera’s casta painting collection emphasizes the cultural and social differences present in Mexico during the colonial period. Cabrera uses various elements of art and the principles of design as building blocks for his work. The artist places his main emphasis on the family itself. The family is wearing tattered clothing which indicates that they are a part of a lower social class in the Mexican caste system. The man is holding a basket of vegetables, which indicates to me that he has just returned from working in the fields. The Mestizo man is tethered to a donkey which is carrying the eldest child on its back. The woman is looking at the man with admiration, or perhaps excitement for his return. The youngest child, swaddled in a blanket and hanging on the woman’s back; is wearing an Indian headdress. The headdress symbolizes the woman’s pride for her Indian…

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