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Casta Painting

Casta Painting

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

Key Terms

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.


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


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


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


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


People originally born in Spain.

Image Credits

Map of New Spain, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Viceroyalty_of_New_Spain_Location_1819_(without_Philippines).png , De mestizo y d’India, coyote, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cabrera_15_Coyote.jpg, Las Castas, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casta_painting_all.jpg, De negro y de española sale mulato, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mulatto.jpg