Architecture and Urbanism in Viceregal Mexico: Puebla de los Ángeles, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centur


The creation of a town: Puebla de los Ángeles as an urban and theological experiment (c. 1530s–1580s)The city as a missionary and colonial endeavorThe relevance of the city in the early modern Hispanic worldThe key playersThe siteThe founding of Puebla de Los AngelesPuebla, the Spanish and Indian Republic of Los AngelesThe altepetl as a social model for the Indigenous barrios in Puebla de Los AngelesThe cabildo: the body politic of the townPuebla’s early urban characteristicsEpilogue: the city as an urban and social experimentNotesThe grid and the hill: Puebla’s urban form (c. 1530s–1610s )Puebla’s orthogonal design: the material expression of New World urbanismThe first European settlements in the Americas and the gridded formUrban planning and theology in the Hispanic late-medieval world: the Franciscan influencePuebla, the viceregal Heavenly JerusalemPre-Hispanic influence in Puebla de Los Angeles’ urban formEpilogue: urban form as a colonizing strategyThe Via Crucis of Puebla: the ritual architecture of an imagined Jerusalem in New SpainThe chapels of the Via Crucis, their sponsors, and its processional routeEpilogue: the Via Crucis as a collaborative effortNotesUrban palaces and architectural treatises: The New World Renaissance in Puebla de los Ángeles (c. 1570s–1630s)The question of a New World RenaissanceRedefining the RenaissancePuebla during the sixteenth century: urbanism and architectureThe arrival and reception of Renaissance architectural culture in Puebla de Los AngelesThe acceptance of a classical language in the visual artsArchitectural treatises in a viceregal contextThe annotated Vitruvius in PueblaThe Casa del Dean: a New World Renaissance urban palatial residence in PueblaArchitectural analysis of Casa del DeanThe murals at Casa del DeanOther notable New World Renaissance architectural fragments in Puebla de Los AngelesClassicism as the foundation for Puebla’s viceregal architectural traditionNotesThe Bishop and his cathedral: Juan de Palafox’s ideal Christian Republic (c. 1600s–1650s)Bishop Juan de Palafox’s ideal Christian RepublicPuebla de Los Angeles’ cathedralJuan de Palafox у Mendoza, Bishop of Puebla de Los AngelesPalafox and his patronage of social-assistance institutionsSan Pedro hospitalThe project for the Tridentine Seminary Complex of the City of Puebla: the colleges of San Juan Evangelista, San Pedro, and San PabloBishop Palafox and the Indigenous parishes and shrines in the Puebla-Tlaxcala DioceseThe San Miguel del Milagro ShrineEpilogue: Palafox’s vision for the Republic of PueblaNotesDecline and splendor: Puebla de los Ángeles’ Baroque era (c. 1660s–1790s)Puebla’s Baroque cultureThe city’s urban characteristics and the Medina urban view of 1754Public festivities and urban spaceReligious architecture in Puebla: 1660s-1770sPuebla’s residential Baroque architecture: 1685-1790The Bishopric of Manuel Fernandez de Santa Cruz (1667-1699)The Palafoxiana libraryThe completion of Puebla’s cathedralEl Rosario and Tonantzintla: Baroque gardens of heavenly and earthly delightsEpilogue: Puebla’s architectural splendor and the scholarship on Spanish American BaroqueNotesBibliography