Maya Stanfield-Mazzi Lecture, “Clothing the Andean Church: Indigenous Textile Artistry in Colonial Peru”
Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi will discuss her current research on textiles created by indigenous artists to adorn Catholic churches in the Andean region. She will explain the main uses for such textiles within the church, and examine splendid surviving examples of works created using three basic techniques: weaving, painting or printing, and embroidery. All help illustrate the ways in which native artists contributed to the visual culture of the Catholic Church in the New World.
Maya Stanfield-Mazzi received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her BA from Smith College. She is now assistant professor of art history at the University of Florida. She has published articles on the cult of Christ of the Earthquakes in Cusco, Peru; on private art collecting in colonial Peru; and on donor portraits in the colonial Andes. Her first book, Object and Apparition: Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes, was published last fall by the University of Arizona Press.