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Picturing CubaArt, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora$
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Jorge Duany

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400905

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400905.001.0001

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Cuban Colonial Prints

Cuban Colonial Prints

Constructing Our National Identity through Seventeen Projects

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(p.15) 1 Cuban Colonial Prints
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Picturing Cuba
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Emilio Cueto

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400905.003.0002

The collector and independent scholar Emilio Cueto provides a historical inventory of seventeen graphic art images depicting Cuba, printed during the late Spanish colonial period (1762–1898). These images—primarily authored by Dutch, English, French, and German, not Spanish or Cuban artists—became the most widely circulated visual representations of the island, particularly the capital of Havana. Despite their fanciful and often inaccurate character, these prints depicted the landscape, architecture, people, and customs of the island. They became part of a well-known visual repertoire that fixed Cuba as an exotic tropical location in the global imagination. As Cueto underlines, “It was through engravings and lithographs that Cuba first became known both inside the island and abroad. Colonial Cuba was defined by its prints.”

Keywords:   Graphic art, Engravings, Prints, Lithographs, Colonial Cuba

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