Cusqueña Colonial painting of Archangels
The Cusco Munaycha school shows its colonial paintings of angels being a theme that today, like yesterday, surprises and fascinates man and particularly Christian, before the mysterious power of the divine: that of the angels. The Angels in the viceregal painting of the Andean South, where these pure spirits, reflections of the perfection of God and his protection, which exist in the main religions of humanity, reach one of the most imaginative and attractive expressions of art of all time. And in close connection, as its inescapable reverse in the viceregal art, the figure of the demon in permanent dispute for the possession of the souls, and finally defeated in the deployment of the positive forces of the spirit.
An exhibition that rescues and values this set of works of angels and archangels generated in the Andean workshops, in the field of cultural miscegenation that It fuses and amalgamates figures and beliefs of Catholicism and pre-Hispanic religions, and that express the rich universe of what could be called the religious imagination of Hispanic and colonial America.
Its background plot is the representation of the epic-ethical story of the struggle between good and evil developed in the heights of outer space, by these “Celestial Warriors”, as in the interior of the spirit of each man, where they access as messengers sent from God to help and succor; struggle between prayer and temptation; between virtue and vice, between good and sin.