Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres at the Figge Art Museum -- November 9.

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA

Held in conjunction with the museum's exhibit Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art from the Patricia Phelps De Cisneros Collection, the Figge will host a special lecture with Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres, an associate professor and director of Undergraduate Studies, and the director of Latin American and Iberian Studies, at the University of Delaware.

Domínguez Torres specializes in the art of the early-modern Iberian world, with her particular interest the cross-cultural exchanges that took place across Spain and the Americas during the 16th through 18th Centuries. After receiving her B.A. in Art History from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, she went on to earn a Masters in Museum Studies and Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Toronto, and has held a joint appointment in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Delaware since 2005

Her recent book Military Ethos & Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico investigates the significance of military images and symbols in 16th Century Mexico, showing how certain connections between martial, social, and religious elements resonated with similar intensity among Mesoamericans and Europeans, creating cultural bridges between these diverse communities. Domínguez Torres' Figge lecture “Miracle-Making Images in the Spanish World,” meanwhile, will explore similar connections as they appeared in later decades and centuries, with examples taken from Power & Piety's exhibit of 56 objects ranging from paintings to silver candlesticks to bishop’s chairs that were made in Spanish and Portuguese colonies from the late-17th to early-19th Centuries.

Domínguez Torres' 7 p.m. presentation will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception, and more information on the evening is available by calling (563)326-7804 or visiting FiggeArtMuseum.org.

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