Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Andean Art, with a Colonial Touch

The Art Galleries at DePaul's John T. Richardson Library almost always contain something worth seeing. At the beginning of the school year, there was an exhibition on the riots from the Democratic National Convention in Chicago entitled 1968: Art and Politics in Chicago.

This quarter however, one of the galleries is showcasing 40 art works from the 16th century and beyond. The art work, which come from South America, is heavily influenced by Spain's colonial invasion of South America and the advent of western religion, particularly Catholicism in the region.

What stands out in the exhibition are the frames that encase the very detailed and intricate paintings. The hand-crafted and delicately decorated frames really add to the magnificence of the art, not to mention that some of the frames are original. The exhibition is entitled Reverence Renewed: Colonial Andean Art from the Thoma Collection. It will be running through March 20, 2009.

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