Art of the Americas

Learn about the art and culture of the Olmec, the Maya, the Inka, the Aztec, and other pre-conquest cultures. Learn about the art of the British and Spanish colonies, of the Native North American nations, the cultures of the Amazon and of the art of the new American republics of the 18th and 19th century. Here are the brilliant and complex stories of the peoples of the New World.







Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits, demonstrating the importance of this genre to her artistic oeuvre.

Frida Kahlo, introduction






Sinners depicted along the lower register receive an array of bodily tortures; the souls in heaven, by contrast, surround the ascended Christ in an orderly formation.

Diego Quispe Tito, Last Judgment, 1675







Once there was a color so valuable that emperors and conquistadors coveted it, and so did kings and cardinals. Artists went wild over it. Pirates ransacked ships for it.

The Bug That Had the World Seeing ...







The inhabitants of the Andes developed a stunning visual tradition that lasted over 10,000 years before the Spanish invasion of South America in 1532.

Introduction to Ancient Andean Art