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The Vistas collection includes paintings, sculptures, architectural monuments, and objects of daily life from Spanish America between 1520 and 1820, the period from Conquest to Independence. Vistas emphasizes works that had multiple, and at times competing, meanings to people in the past. It includes images and objects chosen for their materials, their connection to indigenous traditions, their ability to evoke complex daily lives, and their ability to open 21st-century eyes to colonial perceptions of the world, be it a religious world, a political, or a social one.