Vanessa Portugal

Vanessa A. Portugal is a trained Historian and Art Historian by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she received her PhD. Her research focuses on art theory, and the alchemical, magical and astrological uses of the image in the Early Modern world. Related topics of interests include history of science and medicine. Vanessa has carried out research stays at the Warburg Institute, the Pierpont-Morgan Library and Museum, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, the Kunsthistorisches Institute Max-Planck, and the Plantin-Moretus Library. Her publications ‘Simbolica Descriptio. El trayecto de una alquimia espiritual. Polonia-Italia-Nueva España,’ (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, in press) ‘Las vestiduras de Apolo en la Nueva España,’ (Universidad de Castellón, 2016), ‘Astros festivos. Imágenes celestes en los arcos triunfales de la Nueva España,’ (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro 2013) present varied studies of graeco-roman astrological images in Latin American contexts. Her book ‘Imagenes astrológicas en la Nueva España’ (in press) explores the power of the astrological image from it’s artistic, political, meditative, divinatory, medical and magical use in New Spain from the 16th to the 18th century. Currently, as associate researcher at UNAM she is working on the project “Aby Warburg y los estudios precolombinos: reconstrucción historiográfica y desarrollo teórico.”