Creating the Cult of St. Joseph:
Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire
Charlene Villaseñor Black

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"The cult of St. Joseph--by far the most important in Spanish-speaking countries in the early modern period--has never been comprehensively examined. Villaseñor Black addresses it thematically, taking a welcome inclusive approach to the art of Spain and the colonies. It is to the author's immense credit that she undertook a study so ambitious in scope and interprets two bodies of data with equal sensitivity. Giving insight into how the art functioned within the society for which it was produced, she makes an important contribution to a field of study previously characterized by extreme conservatism."--Mindy Nancarrow, University of Alabama

"A very valuable contribution to art history, comparative cultural studies, and gender studies, this book is particularly significant in presenting new conceptions about Catholic art, the construction of gender, and the politics of art. While presenting data that has not been available to an English-reading audience, the author turns old sex stereotypes on their heads. The book is based on solid scholarship, but it will appeal to a more general readership interested in art, religion, gender, or the development of a 'Hispanic world.' "--Mary Elizabeth Perry, author of Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville

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