L. Virgin of the Mountain; copy. R. Virgin of Loreto.
18th c Peruvian Colonial Painting
PERUVIAN COLONIAL Anonymous
(active c. 1500 - c 1800)
L. La Paz. Museo de Metales Preciosos Pre-Columbinos. . Auch. Jacobins Museum.
A more subtle representation of the fertility goddesses of ancient Peru is seen in these two works which relate to the worship of mountains. The source of the life-giving water was in caves in the bases of mountains, and the goddesses from which all life derives were associated with the sacred mountain itself. The image on the left shows the Virgin identified with the mountain, light radiating from her head and her hands, her dress decorated with plants, animals and even people. The cosmic significance of the figure is apparent from the sun and moon on either side of her. In the figure on the right the form of the mountain has been totally assimilated with the gold garment the virgin wears. She wears the papal crown and her face and that of her son have taken on the dark hues of the Peruvian natives.
Peruvian Colonial | L. Virgin of the Mountain; copy. R. Virgin of Loreto. | c. 1700-1799 | Peruvian | Colonial
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