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The figure of Mary as the cloister in mexican mendicant art

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Certain medieval and Mexican colonial written sources specifically identify the cloister as a figure of Mary. Due to the repeated occurrence of mural-painted votive representations of the Virgin in the corpus of Mexican sixteenth-century claustral programs of mural painting, this chapter investigates whether the Mexican cloisters' intrinsic meaning as Church/Paradise was intentionally extended by the Marian images to include her as well. On the cloister side of the ante-refectory entrance of the sixteenth-century Franciscan monastery of Cuauhtinchán, Puebla is a grisaille painting of The Annunciation. The Epazoyucan rendition goes against the trend that characterized the fifteenth-and sixteenth-century development of death of the Virgin scenes in western European art. The formal influence of the masonry, carving, and painting of the Acolman house was profound throughout the northern Augustinian sphere in Mexico for the two decades following its church portal's elaborately inscribed date of 1560, including at nearby Epazoyucan.

Keywords: Acolman house; cloister; Cuauhtinchán; Marian images; Mexican colonial written sources; The Annunciation; western European art

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