Done by many of Mexico's great artists including Miguel Cabrera, the paintings were often comprised of several family group scenes which showed the progressive dilution of 'pure' Spanish blood,
with Indian, and African blood.
In casta paintings, Spaniards have the highest social standing; in successive scenes, the families become darker and increasingly poor. Beneath the paintings are inscriptions, such as "From Spaniard and Black, Mulatto," which essentially: "narrat[e] the process of miscegenation."
More information: Casta Painting: Images of Race in Eighteenth Century Mexico.
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