27 December 2012

The Cuzco tradition of art...

Throughout the parish buildings we have several different images of the Madonna and Child from the Cuzco tradition of religious art (Escuela Cuzqueña). This style originated in Peru the 16th century, having been brought by artists from Spain, and subsequently spread to other places throughout the Andes. Known for its lavish use of colour and gold leaf, there is a purposeful lack of perspective (giving the images a "flat" look), and the background usually incorporates local flora and fauna. The painting shown here hangs in the Academy lobby.