UCL Institute of the Americas


IHR Latin American Seminar: The Invention of the Indian. Concept and Image in 19th Century Peru

19 March 2019, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm


This event is free.

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Daisy Voake


Room 105
Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

This paper identifies the emergence of a new concept of the Indian in nineteenth-century Peru through an examination of the work of the painter Francisco Laso. Tracing its origins to the late-eighteenth century, it follows the gradual formulation of a construct that was substantially different from Colonial precedents and was to establish the conceptual foundations for modern Indigenism.

About the Speaker

Natalia Majluf

at University of Cambridge

Natalia Majluf, currently Simón Bolívar Chair at the University of Cambridge, 2018-2019, is an art historian who works on the long nineteenth century in Latin America, from the era of Independence to the early twentieth century. As Head Curator and Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima, between 1995 and 2018 she oversaw the renovation of the historic building that houses the museum and was responsible for enriching and broadening the scope of the collections. She has held the Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C. She is editor, among others, of Los incas, reyes del Perú (2005), Luis Montero’s The funerals of Atahualpa (2011), José Gil de Castro, pintor de libertadores (2014) and has co-authored Tipos del Perú. La Lima criolla de Pancho Fierro (2008), Fernando Bryce. Drawing Modern History(2011), Sabogal (2013) and Chambi (2015), among other books and exhibition catalogues.