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Casta Painting

Casta Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore the colonial genre of casta painting.
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Notes on "Casta Painting"

Terms to Know


The territory controlled by a person who rules in place of the king or queen.

Casta Painting

A type of painting that was common in Mexico in the 18th century that depicts a racially mixed family, consisting of the two parents (of different races) and their child.


People originally born in Spain.


A person of Spanish descent born and raised in the New World.


In the Casta system, a person with one European and one indigenous parent.


In the Casta system, a person with one European and one African parent.


The depiction of scenes of everyday life, the Spanish equivalent of genre painting in Dutch art.



Image of Las Castas, PD-1923, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casta_painting_all.jpg;

Image of Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Juan_Patricio_Morlete_Ruiz_%28attributed_to%29_-_Casta_Painting_%28From_Spaniard_and_Morisca,_Albino%29_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Miguel Cabrera, De Mestizo y d’India, Coyote, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cabrera_15_Coyote.jpg; Image of De Negro y Española, Sale Mulatto, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mulatto.jpg