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Maya Stanfield-Mazzi
Associate Professor
School of Art + Art History/Pre-Columbian/Latin American Art

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi is an art historian specializing in art of Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, especially that of colonial Peru. She focuses on the ways in which native Amerindians contributed to creating new forms of Catholicism in the New World. She has published articles in Current Anthropology, Hispanic Research Journal, Colonial Latin American Review, Religion and the Arts, and The Americas. She also wrote bibliographic essays on painting in the Viceroyalty of Peru and Andean textiles for Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Her book Object and Apparition: Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes (University of Arizona Press, 2013) demonstrates that Catholicism took hold in the Andes only when native Andeans actively envisioned, and materialized, images of Christ and the Virgin Mary. She is now writing a book on liturgical textiles created in Spanish America, with an eye to how these works reformulated local textile traditions, responded to a hierarchy of value that privileged imported textiles, and contributed to new Catholic visual cultures.

Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi attended Smith College for her B.A. and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her fellowships include a National Resource Fellowship to study Quechua and a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for study in Peru. She was a visiting professor at Tulane University before coming to the University of Florida. In Fall 2015 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, U.K.


ARH 2930 Introduction to Latin American Art

ARH 3653 Mesoamerican Art

ARH 3652 Ancient Andean Art

ARH 4930 Global Baroque Art

ARH 3664 Colonial Art of New Spain

ARH 3665 Colonial Andean Art

ARH 4931 Senior Capstone Seminar (Past topics include Latin American Muralism and Art and Globalization.)

ARH 6654 Pre-Columbian Art Seminar (Past topics include Art and Urbanism in the Ancient Americas, Andean Textiles, and Moche Art.)

ARH 6666 Colonial Latin American Art Seminar (Past topics include Colonial Andean Architecture and Art and Globalization.)

Selected Articles and Chapters:*

“Uniquely American Visions of the Virgin Mary,” in Painting in Colonial Bolivia, ed. Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt. Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2017.

"El ‘ajuar divino’ de la escuela cuzqueña [The Divine Cloth of the Cusco School],” in Escuela cuzqueña, eds. Ricardo Kusunoki and Luis Eduardo Wuffarden. Lima, Peru: Museo de Arte de Lima, 2016.

“Weaving and Tailoring the Andean Church: Textile Ornaments and their Makers in Colonial Peru,” part of special issue on indigenous intermediaries, The Americas, v. 72(1), 2015: 77–102.

“El complemento artístico a las misas para difuntos en el Perú colonial [The Artistic Complements to Masses for the Dead in Colonial Peru],” in Peruvian ecclesiastical history journal Allpanchis, v. 77/78, 2014: 49–81.

“From Baroque Triumphalism to Neoclassical Renunciation: Altarpieces of the Cathedral of Cusco in the Independence Era,” in Visual Cultures of Latin America: Essays on Buen Gusto and Classicism, 1780-1910, edited by Paul Niell and Stacie Widdifield. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2013.

“Cult, Countenance, and Community: Donor Portraits from the Colonial Andes,” in Religion and the Arts v. 15(4), 2011: 429–59.

“The Possessor’s Agency: Private Art Collecting in the Colonial Andes,” in Colonial Latin American Review v. 18(3), 2009: 339–64.

“Shifting Ground: Elite Sponsorship of the Cult of Christ of the Earthquakes in Eighteenth-Century Cusco,” in Hispanic Research Journal v. 8(5), 2007: 45–65.

Co-authored with Cecelia Klein (senior author), Eulogio Guzmán, and Elisa Mandell: “The Role of Shamanism in Mesoamerican Art: A Reassessment,” in Current Anthropology v. 43(3), 2002: 383–419.

*Most articles are available in pdf form on Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi's academia.edu page.

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