Ostentatious Culture of Spain

I chose to represent Seville’s culture by photographing jewelry. As Seville became a larger and larger metropolis, the idea of showing one’s wealth became more popularized. In Bass and Wunder, they write that families chose to showcase their affluence by wearing, “fine silk mantles, skirts of velvet and taffeta, and jewels—dangling earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rosaries” (p 113). I chose to photograph an assortment of jewelry. This represents the gaudy culture that the tapado would later come to conceal. It is hypothesized that as extravagant clothing became more popular, the idea of concealing one’s “goods” became more enticing.