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European collections IN BRAZIL WITH patricia D. meneses

october 29, 2020

This talk presents an overview of the most important collections of European art (before 1800) in Brazil, from colonial times to the present, while reflecting on the traditional idea of European art as an index of civilization and progress. It discusses the history and focuses of these collections, as well as several important works that compose them. Patricia D. Meneses also offers a broad picture of the efforts by Brazilian institutions and scholars to map and study these collections, a lesser-known aspect of Brazilian art history.



Patricia D. Meneses is professor at State University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP). She was Han Jonas Visiting Professor at the University of Siegen (2019) and vice coordinator of the project “Teaching Non-European Art at UNICAMP,” within the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories Program (2015–17). Meneses has a masters in history of art (State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, 2005) and a PhD in history of the visual arts (Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy, 2009). She currently studies the relationship between science and art in the nineteenth century, particularly the visual culture connected to the idea of “exotic nature.”