An 18th Century Cuzco school oil on Canvas, Peru. Later frame, depicting the Virgin Mary holding Jesus as a child.
The Cuzco or Cusco school was a Roman Catholic artistic tradition that began in the 1600's in Peru, following the Spanish conquest and subsequent attempts by the Spanish invaders and missionaries to implement the Catholic faith and associated customs upon the Peruvian people. The school was established in the ancient city of Cusco which had previously been the capital of the Incan empire.
Bernardo Bitti arrived in Peru in 1583, and with his arrival the acceleration of Cuzqueno Art flourished. During his two stays in Cusco, Bitti was commissioned to make the main altarpiece of the church of his Order, replaced by another after the earthquake, and painted some masterpieces, such as The Coronation of the Virgin, currently in the museum of the church of La Merced, and the Virgen del pajarito, in the cathedral.
Cuzco School paintings are marked by their baroque influenced imagery and the subjects of the paintings shown with light focused upon them.
Frame 94cm Height x 75 Width X 5.5cm Depth
Visible Paining approx. 80cm Height x 60cm Width.
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