Thursday, May 31, 2012

Is that a Chinese mural

I saw this mural on the wall of the Franciscan monastery of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan. Construction of the monastery began in 1526. I've never seen any Purepecha art that resembles this.   Maybe a visiting Chinese artist? 

Probably not but just thought I would ask


Steve Cotton said...

Spain and China had an active trade prior to the discovery of The Americas. That is, of course, why the Spanish ended up in Mexico. Looking for that shortcut to Chinese silk. By the 1560s the Manila galleon had started plying the global trade routes. It is certainly possible a Chinese influence could have crept into the mural.

Much of what we call Talavera pottery was actually copied by the Chonese. Ironically, most of the Talavera in Mexico is now made in China. The thieves are plagued by the thieves.

sparks_mex said...

For 4-5 years I have been interested in the Chinese or Asian early ventures into the Americas. A friend started a blog on the subject and I offered to continue it.

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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