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Cochineal in the History of Art and Global Trade

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

José María Carbonell, Loranthus , Royal Botanical Expedition to the New Kingdom of Granada led by José Celestino Mutis (1783–1816). Tempera on paper, approx. 21¼ × 15 in. Archivo del Real Jardín Botánico- CSIC (Madrid). © The Huntington

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Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg of the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Oaxaca Textile Museum will explore the historical and cultural significance of this natural crimson dye. Used from antiquity, cochineal became Mexico’s second-most valued export after silver during the Spanish colonial period. Click here for more information.

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December 10, 2017 02:30 PM — December 10, 2017 03:30 PM





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