Colonial Art of Peru: Paintings of the Cusco School

Colonial Art of Peru: Paintings of the Cusco School

The exhibition has been arranged by the Embassy of Peru in collaboration with India International Centre.

By Diplomatist Bureau

An exhibition with some distinctive paintings from colonial-era Peru, which developed under the Cusco School of Art in Spain's American colonies from the 16th-18th century, will be on view at the India International Centre (IIC) from June 12th-18th (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily).

The exhibition has been arranged by the Embassy of Peru in collaboration with India International Centre. It was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Carlos R. Polo, Ambassador of Peru to India and Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on 11th June 2019. 

The artistic traditions of Peru were renovated after the Spanish take-over of the region beginning in 1532. The Peruvian native artists transformed formal and iconographical types from European art to craft an exceptionally American style of religious painting. It was characterised by brilliant colour, smoothed space and an intensely decorative aesthetic.

Cusco School, the group of European and indigenous painters active in Cuzco, Peru, from the 16th through the 18th century. The term refers not to an easily recognizable style from a single period of history but instead to the artists of multiple ethnicities who worked in diverse styles throughout the history of the Viceroyalty of Peru in and around Cuzco.

“Peru is a beautiful and magical country which comprises both a rich history and a modern business environment. With a strategic location, ancient culture, vibrant economy and passionate people, this country beams with vigour and vitality,” said Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). 

Ambassador Carlos in his address talked about the traditional friendship between Peru and India. He said the relations between the two countries goes back a long way and has grown over the years since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1963. 

“Our countries have become all-weather friends and partners, and India-Peru relations have set a good model in building equality, friendship and cooperation between countries with different sizes, social systems and cultural backgrounds,” added DG, ICCR.

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