Madonnas and Saints in the Cuzqueño Style of the Spanish Colonial Missions

To conclude our present considerations of the Latin American style of sacred art called "cuzqueño," in our previous article we focused on the unique presentation of the muzzle-toting angel arcabucero and today we now turn our attention to Christ, the Madonna as well as other saints to round out our considerations. The cuzqueño style is interesting insofar as it contains very clear references back to its Spanish origins and yet at the same time it also carries a folk style quality indicative of its mission territory origins. In this regard it presents an interesting mixture of both the old and new world.  

As with any period or style of art, some of these examples are more sophisticated in their various elements while others are more "rustic," showing more clearly their colonial mission roots. 

Given the particular devotion to the Madonna in the Spanish culture, it seems fitting to begin with some of the cuzqueño Madonnas.

Another popular theme in Spanish Catholic culture is the theme of the passion of Christ of which we have a few examples to share:

Before we leave the theme of Christ, I had to share this image of the Holy Trinity:

The Holy Trinity

Finally, let us turn our attention to some of the "santos" beginning with this image of St. James the Moorslayer. 

St. James the Moorslayer

St. Peter

St. Isidore

St. Rose of Lima and St. Teresa of Avila

A truly unique and rich expression of mission art in the new world. 

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