How Colonial New Spain Created a Racialized Society and Its Social Consequences
However, little is known about the patrons of casta paintings in general. Yet, we can infer to a degree who might have commissioned such paintings. Because casta paintings reflect increasing social anxieties about inter-ethnic mixing, it is possible that elites who claimed to be of pure blood, and who likely found the dilution of pure-bloodedness alarming, were among those individuals who commissioned casta paintings.
The attitude contained within the Siete Partidas was not upheld during the course of the fifteenth century (Sylvest, Edwin Edward, 1975).
In fact, the ‘Christianization’ of native populations represented the official agenda of Spanish conquistadors in the New World.
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