Rare 18th-century Baroque gilded mirrored painting - Cuzco School 24"x22½"

SKU: 16849

A stunning gilt carved wood and mirrored Peruvian painting from the Baroque period (early seventeenth to mid-eighteenth century) made by the Cuzco School. The painting in the center is oil on mirror glass and depicts an angel with wings. The wood frame is carved, gilded, and completely outfitted with small mirrors. This striking mirror painting would be a marvelous focal piece in a gallery wall or above a fireplace to illuminate light off its mirrored and gilded surface. 

History of the Cuzco School:
"The Cuzco School (escuela cusqueña) is a Catholic art movement that developed in the viceroyalty of Peru during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, particularly in Cuzco (former capital of the Inca Empire). This movement developed after the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in 1535. For the first time, European artistic techniques were taught in the Americas. The paintings of the Cuzco school are a form of religious art whose main purpose is educational. With the aim of converting the Incas to Catholicism, the Spanish sent a group of religious artists to Cuzco. The Cuzco School developed a unique artistic signature characterized by a bright color palette, flattened forms, indigenous symbolism, and a profusion of gold ornament. The style of the Cuzco School lies at the confluence of Baroque influences brought by the Spanish conquerors and indigenous and mestizo artistic traditions." Source: National Historical Museum of Brazil

Approx. overall 24" high x 22½" wide x 5" deep
Approx. overall 61cm high x 57cm wide x 13cm deep

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