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I’m David Horacio Colmenares, a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures in Columbia University. During 2015-2016, I was a fellow at the Connecting Art Histories in the Museum program, based in Berlin and run by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max Planck Institute and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. During that period, my research focused on the intersections of early modern antiquarianism and Mesoamerica, by studying the networks of humanists, antiquarians and indigeneous nobilities, in places such as Seville, Madrid, Venice, Padua, Mexico City and Santo Domingo, who jointly created a Mexican antiquity through exchanges of knowledge, exegetical practices and artifacts. My dissertation, “How the Aztec got a Pantheon. The creation of an Ancient Religion in New Spain” studies the construction of a Mexican religious antiquity through the transformation of Mesoamerican teteuh (‘deities’) into pagan gods.

You’ll find my Curriculum Vitae here.

I don’t use social media, but you can find contact information here. You can also send me a postcard or letter to:

David Horacio Colmenares
Casa Hispánica
612 West 116th St.
New York, NY 10026


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