Cusco School painting measuring 16 x 24 inches
This painting portrays the Coronation of Saint Rose of Lima, the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. The Christ Child sits on a celestial cloud while he places a crown of roses on the Saint's head. Exquisitely dressed in gold and blue, she is an image of religious devotion. This South American Saint's real name was Isabel, but she was such a beautiful baby that she was called Rose, and that name remained. There are subtle high-relief details, with purpurina (Gold Leaf) being used to accentuate finishing touches. A typical Andean scene occupies the background.
This painting is oil on canvas and measures 16 x 24 inches. It is not stretched, and was painted after the year 2000. It will be mailed in a hard tube.
The history of the Peruvian painting has its origins at the colonial era. The Spanish painters who arrived at the Viceroyalty of Peru taught their techniques to the local artists, and they began to shape on linen cloths their own representations, creating a new iconographic interpretation of the Peruvian reality. The Catholic divinities were adapted to indigenous sensitivity and given a singular representation that had its maxim expression in the "School of Cusco Painting" ( La Escuela Cusqueña), during centuries XVII and XVIII.
This painting has been done in the style of the works of La Escuela Cusqueña, the history of which is traced to the 17th century. Originally influenced by Spanish and Italian artists, this school was commissioned to paint sacred art in churches and monasteries throughout the Peruvian city of Cusco after the area was devastated by an earthquake in 1650. The collected efforts of numerous artists gradually evolved into a unique yet harmonious and consistent style, devoid of individualism. These paintings are usually not signed, but represent traditional depictions of the religious subjects most important to the local indigenous and Hispanic populations.