Devotion and Doubt in the Spanish World, 1500-1800
Kate E. Holohan, PhD
Assistant Curator for Academic Engagement
In the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, the diversity of religious beliefs and practices across the Spanish realms belied the Catholic church’s façade of impenetrable orthodoxy.
Difference and doubt were always present, always subversive, always a threat. At a time in which the visual was, for the largely illiterate masses, the primary means through which to experience the divine, the art and material culture of the early modern Spanish world testifies to these tensions and contradictions.