Báez Rubí is a leading art historian, visual theorist, and historian of ideas who has written extensively on colonial Mexico, early modern European humanist networks, and the emergence of twentieth-century models of visual anthropology. She is a tenured professor-researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is the author and co-editor of a number of important books, including Mnemósine novohispánica: Retórica e imágenes en el siglo XVI (2005), in which she examines the foundations of the arts of memory in colonial Mexico and argues that they were a means of merging medieval arts of preaching with Nahuatl visual codes; the annotated translation of and book-length essay on the magnum opus of legendary scholar of visual culture Aby Warburg (1866–1929), the Mnemosyne Atlas (2013); and the collective volume Los itinerarios de la imagen: prácticas, usos y funciones (2011), in which the authors tackle the idea of cultural heritage from different perspectives based on a broad range of examples emphasizing the different spaces of display of the images, from depicted rituals on the walls of convents in New Spain to the display of corpses in contemporary Chinese art.
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