New Delhi, 12 June 2019

India International Centre, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Embassy of Peru in India is hosting the special exhibition “Colonial Art of Peru – Paintings of the Cusco School”  which will be hosted by H.E. Mr Carlos R. Polo, Ambassador of Peru to India, and Mr K.N. Shrivastava, Director, India International Centre, New Delhi at its venue in Lodhi Estate, which will be on display from June 12th – 18th, 2019, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The Cusco School of Painting was the most distinctive major school of painting in Spain’s American colonies, which evolved during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the old Inca capital of Cusco. Indian and Mestizo artists transformed formal and iconographical types from European art to create a uniquely American style of religious painting, characterized by brilliant colour, flattened space, and a strongly decorative aesthetic. Favourite subjects include anecdotal biblical narratives, hieratic figures of the Virgin and saints, and ornately dressed archangels, as well as brightly coloured tropical birds and idealized imaginary landscapes without reference to the local geography.

The current exhibition is comprised of 16 paintings which have been created by contemporary artisans from Cusco, a region in the Peruvian Andes, who are inheritors of the rich tradition and techniques of the masters of the School, displayed in their works. These include the use of religious subjects, their unique perspective, and the predominance of red, yellow and earth colours. They are also remarkable for their lavish use of gold leaf, especially with images of the Virgin Mary.

Events Desk, Diplomacytoday.in | Embassy of Peru in India

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