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HEAVEN, HELL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN: MURALS OF THE COLONIAL ANDES. Ananda Cohen Suarez. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. 304 pp. with 85 ills. (25 col.). 23 x 16 cm. LC 2015-30235 ISBN 9781477309551 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 170299. Publisher's description: Examining the vivid, often apocalyptic church murals of Peru from the early colonial period through the nineteenth century, Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between explores the sociopolitical situation represented by the artists who generated these murals for rural parishes. Arguing that the murals were embedded in complex networks of trade, commerce, and the exchange of ideas between the Andes and Europe, Ananda Cohen Suarez also considers the ways in which artists and viewers worked through difficult questions of envisioning sacredness. This study brings to light the fact that, unlike the murals of New Spain, the murals of the Andes possess few direct visual connections to a pre-Columbian painting tradition; the Incas' preference for abstracted motifs created a problem for visually translating Catholic doctrine to indigenous congregations, as the Spaniards were unable to read Inca visual culture. Nevertheless, as Cohen Suarez demonstrates, colonial murals of the Andes can be seen as a reformulation of a long-standing artistic practice of adorning architectural spaces with images that command power and contemplation.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Peru — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170300
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