Blanton Museum exhibit focuses on South American colonial paintings

Just in time for the Dec. 12 celebration of Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, the Blanton Museum of Art has opened the second phase of the exhibit “Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Paintings from South America.”

Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Pomata, , óleo sobre lienzo, fines del siglo XVII o XVIII. Cuzco, Perú. Artista no identificado.
Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Pomata, , óleo sobre lienzo, fines del siglo XVII o XVIII. Cuzco, Perú. Artista no identificado.

On view are paintings from a distinguished collection of colonial South American art — the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Collection of Chicago.

Organized by the Blanton, the exhibi investigates representations of the Virgin that emerged within colonial Latin America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Created by indigenous artists in what are now the modern-day countries of Peru and Bolivia, the paintings from the Thoma Collection reflect local miracles attributed to the sculptures of the Virgin Mary found in churches and holy places throughout the region.

“Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary” continues through July 3, 2016.

The American-Statesman’s Spanish language paper Ahora Si featured a story on the exhibit.

And check out our Austin Arts Guide: Art & Culture Museums at www.austin360.com/interactive/art-culture-museums

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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