Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Power & Piety' exhibition brings Spanish colonial art to Dixon Gallery

By Fredric Koeppel
Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
MEMPHIS---When the Spanish conquistadors and their accompanying priests began to infiltrate the rivers and jungles, the mountains and deserts of the New World in the early 1500s, they brought a yen for treasure and a zeal for conversion. The title of the current exhibition at Dixon Gallery and Gardens has it right — “Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art.” On display through Sept. 24, this intriguing show consists primarily of a selection of religious art, with a few pieces of ecclesiastical furniture and silver objects, from the collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, that illustrates with colorful and imaginative fervor how quickly and thoroughly Roman Catholicism made progress to full establishment in an alien culture and geography. [More]