Have you ever heard of the famous depiction of Christ’s Last Supper in the Cathedral of Cusco, where the main dish is a roasted guinea pig?
Have you ever heard of that painting described as being Cuzco Baroque?
Well, it’s not. Marcos Zapata painted his Last Supper in 1748, nearly a half century after the Baroque period had ended.
There’s a popular tendency to incorrectly lump all Cusco School (Escuela Cuzqueña) of painting into that one particular historic category of art.
Here is a very brief rundown, with examples, of the main periods of the Cusco School, famous for the intertwining of Catholic themes with Andean iconography with the intent to evangelize native communities.
Pintura Popular: 1700-1790
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