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Ars Longa Journal N. 1 (Winter 2021)

The inaugural issue of Ars Longa Journal is now live! Read it here. This project has been a labor of love for us, and we thank all the contributors, both to the Journal and to the Blog, who trusted us enough to shepherd their work into publication. To 2022!!!

Now & Then: Casta Paintings and Michael Menchaca’s La Raza Cosmica 20XX

Today is el Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, and it seems like a good day to highlight Michael Menchaca’s “LA RAZA COSMICA 20XX” suite of prints. Of the inspiration behind these prints, Michael Menchaca writes, “La Raza Cósmica 20XX presents a mythical re-interpretation of Jose Vasconcelos’ mestizo identity theory, La…

A Very Medici Halloween: Lessons on Lewks from the OG Influencers

Are you in need of some fashion #inspo for your Halloween costume?  Are you tired of all those sexy nurse/pirate/Disney princess/hunchback/etc. costumes?  Look no further, because Renaissance Italy’s OG influencers have got you covered.   The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570  introduced us to the fashions and machinations of the…