Interracial Families in 18th-Century Mexico

Image of the Week: A painting captures the multiethnic population in New Spain, now Mexico.

Unknown artist working in New Spain (Mexico), De espaƱol y negra mulata, oil on canvas, 36 by 48 cm (Museo de America, Madrid)

The Image of the Black in Western Art Archive resides at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. The director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is Henry Louis Gates Jr., who is also The Root’s editor-in-chief. The archive and Harvard University Press collaborated to create The Image of the Black in Western Art book series, eight volumes of which were edited by Gates and David Bindman and published by Harvard University Press. Text for each Image of the Week is written by Sheldon Cheek.