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Susan V.  Webster

Jane W. Mahoney Professor of Art and Art History and American Studies (On Leave 2014-15)

Office: Andrews Hall 109
Email: [[svwebster]]
Office Phone: 757-221-2501

Research Interests

Iberian and colonial Latin American visual and material culture; colonial Andean architecture; indigenous cultural practices; confraternities and local religion in Europe and the Americas; Ecuador; comparative colonialisms in North and South America.

Education

B.A. Reed College, 1983

M.A. Williams College, 1985

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Quito, Ciudad de Maestros: Arquitectos, edificios y urbanismo en el largo siglo XVII (Quito: Abya Yala, 2012).
Web site: http://www.abyayala.org/ingles/informacion.php?CODLIBRO=2002&FAC_CODIGO=973519

Arquitectura y empresa en el Quito colonial: José Jaime Ortiz, Alarife Mayor. Quito, Ecuador:  Editorial Abya Yala, 2002.
Web site: http://www.abyayala.org/informacion.php?CODLIBRO=1237&FAC_CODIGO

Art and Ritual in Golden-Age Spain: Sevillian Confraternities and the Processional Sculpture of Holy Week. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998. Winner of the 2000 Eleanor Tufts Book Prize from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies for the best publication on Iberian art-historical studies (1998-2000).
Web site: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6416.html

 

REFEREED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
“Vantage Points: Andeans and Europeans in the Construction of Colonial Quito.” Colonial Latin American Review, forthcoming in 2011.

“Native Brotherhoods and Visual Culture in Colonial Quito (Ecuador).” In Nicholas Terpstra (ed.), Faith’s Boundaries: Laity and Clergy in Early Modern Confraternities. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming in 2012.

“Ethnicity, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Confraternity of the Rosary in Colonial Quito.” In Nicholas Terpstra (ed.), Fraternità e barriere – Brotherhood and Boundaries. Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore Centro Edizioni, forthcoming in spring 2011.

“La presencia indígena en el arte colonial quiteño.” In Ximena Carcelén (ed.), Esplendor del Barroco Quiteño (Himmel aus Gold: Indianischer Barock aus Ekuador), pp. 36-50. Exhibition catalog. Quito: FONSAL, 2010.

La voz del anonimato: Andean Artists and the Construction of Colonial Quito.” In Donna Pierce (ed.), The Arts of South America, 1492-1850, pp. 57-88. Norman and Denver: University of Oklahoma Press and the Denver Art Museum, 2010.

“The Devil and the Dolorosa: History and Legend in Quito’s Capilla de Cantuña.” The Americas 67, no. 1 (July 2010): 1-30.

“Art, Identity, and the Construction of the Church of Santo Domingo in Quito.” Hispanic Research Journal 10, no. 5 (December 2009): 417-438.

“La misteriosa vida del arquitecto José Jaime Ortiz antes de su llegada a Quito, s. XVII,” and “Maestros indígenas y la construcción del Quito colonial.” In Alfonso Ortiz Crespo (ed.), Las artes en Quito en el cambio de los siglos XVII al XVIII, pp. 11-25; 27-51. Quito: FONSAL, 2009.

“Masters of the Trade:  Native Artisans, Guilds, and the Construction of Colonial Quito.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 68, no. 1 (March 2009): 10-29 Winner of the Harold Eugene Davis Prize from the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies for the best article published in 2008-2009 (awarded 2010)

“Building a Life in Colonial Quito:  José Jaime Ortiz, Master Architect and Entrepreneur.” In Steven Striffler and Carlos de la Torres (eds.), The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Nation, pp. 40-51. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.

“Confraternities as Patrons of Architecture in Colonial Quito, Ecuador.” In Christopher Black and Pamela Gravestock (eds.), Early Modern Confraternities in Europe and the Americas: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 204-225. London: Ashgate, 2006.

“Shameless Beauty and Worldly Splendor: On the Spanish Practice of Adorning the Virgin.”In E. Thunø and G. Wolf (eds.), The Miraculous Image in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, pp. 249-273. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2004.

“The Architect and the Construction of the Church of El Sagrario in Quito.” Colonial Latin American Review 11, no. 1 (2002): 71-87.

“Las cofradías y su mecenazgo artístico durante la colonia,” and “La presencia indígena en las celebraciones y días festivos.” In Alexandra Kennedy (ed.), Arte de la Real Audiencia de Quito, siglos XVII-XIX, pp. 67-85; 129-143. Hondarribia, Spain: Editorial Nerea, 2002.

Selected Grants, Prizes, and Fellowships

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2011-2012

National Humanities Center, Allen W. Clowes Fellowship, 2011-2012

Harold Eugene Davis Prize from the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies for the best article published in 2008-2009 (awarded in 2010)

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Senior Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians,
summer 2010

American Philosophical Society, Franklin Grant, summer 2010

QEP/Mellon Foundation Grant, College of William and Mary, to lead collaborative research project with undergraduates in Ecuador, June 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2006-2007

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2005-2006

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2005-2006

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Research Grant, summer 2004

American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, summer 2003

Renaissance Society of America Senior Research Grant, summer 2002

United States Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, publication subvention for Arquitectura y empresa en el Quito colonial:  José Jaime Ortiz, Alarife Mayor (Quito: Abya Yala, 2002), 2002

Lilly Library, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, summer 2000

American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies, Eleanor Tufts Book Award for Art and Ritual in Golden-Age Spain (Princeton, 1998), for the best publication on the arts of Iberia, 1998-2000 (awarded in 2000)

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 1998-1999

 

Courses

UNDERGRADUATE

Spanish Art and Culture of the Golden Age (W&M)

Spanish Art and Culture of the Siglo de Oro (study abroad)

Visual Culture of Colonial Mexico (W&M)

Art and Architecture of Colonial Latin America (W&M)

Collecting the New World (W&M)

Art of the Andes (W&M)

Signs and Symbols: Iconography in Europe and the Americas, 1500-1700 (W&M)

Women and Art in Colonial Latin America (W&M)

Spanish Paleography (W&M)

Converging Cultures in the Yucatán Peninsula (study abroad)

Spanish Sculpture of the Golden Age

European Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture

Southern Renaissance Art and Culture

Northern Renaissance Art and Culture

Revolution of the Imagination in Modern Mexican Art and Literature (honors seminar)

Symbol Systems: Forms of Visual and Verbal Communication in Western Culture (honors seminar)

Miracles and Apparitions:  Texts and Images (honors seminar)

Introduction to the History of Art (global survey)

Introduction to the History of Art II (Renaissance through Modern)

Introduction to Art History (general survey)

 

GRADUATE
Art and Evangelization in the Colonial Americas

Art for the Masses:  Popular Religion and Artistic Patronage in Europe and the Americas, 1500-1800

Sacred and Profane Iconography in Europe and the Americas, 1500-1800

Transmigration of Symbols: Iconography in Colonial Latin America

Art and Ritual in the Colonial Americas

Women and Art in Colonial Latin America (W&M)

Visual and Material Culture in Colonial Spanish America (W&M)

Collecting the New World (W&M)

Likeness and Presence: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas

Colonial Cities

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