Verónica Muñoz-Nájar Luque


Verónica Muñoz-Nájar studies colonial Latin American art with a focus on the visual and material culture of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Her interests include the transatlantic circulation of objects, the biopolitics of colonial tropicalism during the Bourbon era, and early modern print culture. Verónica’s dissertation explores the understudied visual culture of the lower Amazon basin under missionary and governmental dominion during the eighteenth century. She is particularly interested in the unorthodox measures of control that were implemented in the region in accordance with European Enlightenment initiatives, resulting from decades of social rebellions, such as the use of art (primarily drawing) as a strategy to reinforce civility in the Amazon communities. In 2018, Verónica became the Mellon Curatorial Intern in Latin American Art at the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru. Previously, she was the Thoma Visiting Scholar in Spanish Colonial Art at the Blanton Museum and the Research Assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum, where she assisted in the production of Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici. Verónica holds an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University as well as a B.A. in History of Art from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.