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Virtual Student Guide Tour: The Hybridity of Hispanic Art

In this half-length photomontage portrait, a young man smiles at the camera and his hands frame a small, dark painting that hovers before him. He wears a cap, hoodie, and backpack. The painting is a full-length portrait of a man wearing a gold and black outfit with a neck ruff.
One of the works Brandon Calderón will discuss is Pantoja de la Cruz’s painting Philip III of Spain (c. 1605).



In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brandon Calderón ’23 will explore how Hispanic art emerged from a mixture of violent Spanish colonization and the resistance of Indigenous traditions and testimony. Starting with Indigenous pottery from the Moche civilization of ancient Peru and ending with a 17th-century carved crucifix likely from the colonial Spanish Philippines, Calderón will stress the agency of “New World artists” and how they worked within and against the Spanish Empire.

This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: (free admission; no pre-registration required).

Virtual Student Guide Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Drop in and join the conversation!

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This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each Student Guide and offer a unique, thematic view into the collections.

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