SPN 3101-3104:Visual Resources for Spanish and South American Civilization


Art Historical Images: Spain Images of historic Spanish architecture, arranged by city. This site is the creation of a professor of art history at Bluffton College, and includes examples of from around the world and spanning from prehistoric to modern times.

Cities and Buildings Database Collection of over 5,000 images of cities, villages and architecture from around the world. Part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections. Under the advanced search option, you can browse by different subjects, including the name of the nation, city, or architect.

Panoramas DKLinks to pages on the web that feature 360 panoramas of landmarks and cities around the world. Choose either Europe or South America from the left-hand menu for a list of countries. Some sites will be in Spanish. Quick Time required.

World Heritage Cities of Spain Site devoted to 8 cities in Spain designated world heritage cities by UNESCO. This site takes you on a tour of the famous landmarks and noted architectural of: Ávila, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, and Toledo. http://www.stanford.edu/group/asee/cgi-bin/wiki/index.php/%D0%A0%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%82-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BA%D1%83%D1%85%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D0%B8-%D0%B2-%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B9

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World Monuments Fund This interactive map lists the world’s 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites as chosen every two years by the World Monuments fund. Click on an area of the world map to navigate to Spain or South America. Monuments listed on the site range from stone carvings and ancient temples to medieval churches and modern city districts. Each listing includes a picture and brief description of the monument’s history and significance.

The Maya Ruins Page This site features photographs and maps of ancient Mayan sites in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Some background information is given on each archaeological site and there is also a bibliography of related resources on the subject.

Mesoamerican Photo Archives Maintained by a graduate student in anthropology at Tulane University, this site provides an expanding collection of pictures and background information on ancient sites in Mexico. Included are: Teotihuacan, Cacaxtla, Monte Alban, and the Loltun Caves.


Art in Spain (13th - 17th Centuries) From the Web Gallery of Art, this guided tour presents an overview of Spanish art, including paintings, sculpture, and individual artists. Click on names within the text to link to images of works of art. Periods covered include Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque.

CGFA Francisco Goya Page This page is part of an open-source project run out of Denmark by Carol Gerten-Jackson. Features two pages of Goya’s works, which can be enlarged to a fairly decent size. The site also has a list of Spanish artists arranged by time period.

Diego Velazquez: WebMuseum Short biography of Diego Velazquez, along with a number of his works. References in the text link to other areas of WebMuseum featuring other artists.

Goya: Davison Art Center 80 prints by Goya are included in this collection of images from the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University in support of their Introduction to Modern Spanish Literature & Civilization course.

Instituto Latinamericano de Museos Index to home pages of museums in Latin America. Choose a country to see a list of links to museums covering art, history, and natural science. In Spanish.

Selected Visual Arts Links This collection of web sites is compiled by Dowling College librarians and provides additional resources for researching art and artists on the web.


Maps of Historic Cities Historic maps of Spanish and Portuguese cities scanned from old texts. Warning: the high resolution versions take a while to load.

Rome: Map of the Empire Map detailing Roman provinces circa 120 CE. Clicking on any province will bring up a list of web sites on the history, culture, and development of the region under Roman rule. Site maintained by the Archeologist in Residence at the Dalton School.

The Mesoamerican World This interactive map traces the development of cultures in Latin America from prehistoric times through the Spanish Conquest. The map is part of a larger site that highlighted a traveling museum exhibit entitled The Sport of Life and Death: the Mesoamerican Ballgame.

Places Online Maintained by the Association of American Geographers, Places Online is a resource for finding web sites that are based around a specific part of the world. Use their interactive map to select a region and a specific country. Subjects covered range from the historic to the contemporary. Many of the sites pertaining to Spain and South America will be in Spanish.


Camino de Santiago Created by a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. Follows the road to Santiago, with many of the sites along the way. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the picture of the Pilgrim’s Cross to begin navigating through the site.

Imperial Tenochtitlan Part of the site Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries, this page provides pictures of artifacts recovered from the site of ancient Tenochtitlan, located under present-day Mexico City. This is part of a larger exhibit created by the Texas Humanities Resource Center. Scroll down the lefthand sidebar to Gallery 8: Imperial Tenochtitlan.

Colonial Latin America Text and scanned images covering Spanish colonization of the Americas from the 16th through 18th centuries. This site is hosted by the Universidad Catolica de Chile. In Spanish.

Colonization & Print in the Americas This exhibit from the University of Pennsylvania Library features a combination of images and essays exploring the European view of colonization and the New World as expressed in print. Images include maps, manuscripts, and illustrations taken from contemporary European sources. The site is broken down into broad themes that discuss Spanish, English, and French views on colonization of North and South America.

Columbus Navigation Homepage Site dedicated to the study of how Christopher Columbus got to the New World, including maps of each of his voyages, his methods of navigation, his ships, and his crew.

Conquistadors Follows the experiences of four Spanish Conquistadors in the New World: Cortes, Pizarro, Orellana, and Cabeza de Vaca. Includes digitized images of contemporary documents, artwork, and maps. Part of a PBS documentary.

European Voyages of ExplorationA number of images and good maps illustrating the people and politics involved in the discovery of the new world in the 15th and 16th Centuries.

Mexico: From Empire to RevolutionThe history of 19th Century Mexico in photographs, drawn from the collections of the Getty Research Institute. Includes contemporary pictures of Mexican ruins, political leaders, and architecture.

Postcards of the Mexican Revolution Postcards created from 1910–1920 featuring noted persons of the Mexican Revolution.

Visual Front: Posters of the Spanish Civil War Exhibit of works at the University of California San Diego.


Cervantes ProjectThis web site is made up of three components: a bibliography of works by and about Cervantes, electronic editions of his complete works, and an image library featuring portraits of the author and illustrations from his works.

Don Quixote Exhibit Translations and illustrations from Don Quixote de la Mancha. Arranged by “rooms” like an exhibit, this site provides background information on Cervantes as well as a publishing history of Don Quixote, from early editions and translations to famous illustrations by the likes of William Hogarth.

Isabel Allende Maintained by the author herself, this site has sections covering her books, her life (including pictures), and a brief interview.

Jorge Luis Borges: Garden of Forking Paths Covers the life and works of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. This page includes interviews, biographies, and bibliographies. Click on Images from the left-hand menu to reach a series of photographs of Borges and his family, as well as art inspired by his works.

Literature Argentina This mostly text-based site covers contemporary Argentine literature. In Spanish.

Pablo Neruda From the Universidad de Chile, this site chronicles the life of poet Pablo Neruda in text and pictures. Click on “Obra” to access sound clips of Neruda reading his own works (requires RealPlayer). In Spanish.

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