Recommended Reading and Publications

The following list is a short summary of our favorite books covering Guatemalan masks, Mexican retablos, pottery, Spanish colonial art, colonial silver and much more. If you would like to suggest any additional resources please feel free to send us an email


Mexican Folk Retablos
Gloria Fraser Giffords
University of New Mexico Press

Art and Faith in Mexico, The 19th century Retablo Tradition
Elizabeth Netto Calil Zarur and Charles Muir Lovell
University of New Mexico Press

Miracles on the Border, Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States
Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey
University of Arizona Press

The Art of Private Devotion, Retablo Painting of Mexico
Gloria Fraser Giffords
InterCultura /The Meadows Museum

Retablos Populares Mexicanos: Iconografia Religiosa del Siglo XIX
Fernando Juarez Frias 
Inversora Bursatil, Casa de Bolsa; 1a ed edition (1991)

Saints & Sinners: Mexican Devotional Art 
James Caswell & Jenise Amanda Ramos
Schiffer Pub Ltd

Mexican Devotional Retablos: From the Peters Collection
Nancy Hamilton
Saint Joseph's University Press


Talavera Poblana: Four Centuries of a Mexican Ceramic Tradition
Margaret C. McQuade & Jaime C. Castro
University of New Mexico Press

Maiolica OLE: Spanish and Mexican Decorative Traditions
Florence Cline Lister
Museum of New Mexico Press

Ceramica: Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century
Amanda Thompson
Schiffer Pub Ltd

Nagual in the Garden: Fantastic Animals in Mexican Ceramics
Lenore Hoag Mulryan
Univ of California Museum

Ceramic Trees of Life: Popular Art from Mexico
Lenore Hoag Mulryan
UCLA Fowler Museum

Spanish Pottery 1248-1898
Anthony Ray
Victoria & Albert Museum

Ceramica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayolica
Robin Farwell Gavin
University of New Mexico Press

Loza Blanca y Azuelo de Puebla (2 volumes)
Enrique Cervantes

Popular Arts of Mexico, 1850-1950
Donna McMenamin
Schiffer Publishing


Masks of Mexico, Tigers, Devils and the Dance of Life
Barbara Mauldin
Museum of New Mexico Press

Guatemalan Masks: A Portfolio
Joel E. Brown

Guatemala's Masks and Drama
Jim Pieper
Pieper and Associates

Mask Arts of Mexico
Ruth Lechuga
Chronicle Books

Máscaras tradicionales de México
Ruth Lechuga
Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Publicos

General Texts

Grandes maestros del arte popular Mexicano
Fomento Cultaral Banamex

Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art: From the Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex
Candida Fernandez de Calderon
Fomento Cultaral Banamex

The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 
Joseph J. Rishel
Yale University Press

Converging Cultures, Art & Identity in Spanish America
Diane Fane
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Folk Art of Spain and the Americas
Marion Oettinger
Abbeville Press

Folk Art of the Andes
Barbara Mauldin
Museum of New Mexico Press

Painting a New World
Denver Art Museum

The Folk Art of Latin America
Marion Oettinger
Studio Publishing

The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico: Treasures from the Museo Franz Mayer
Museo Franz Mayer and Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Publisher: Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Popular Arts of Mexico, 1850-1950
Donna McMenamin
Schiffer Publishing

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