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Our Lady of Cocharcas Under the Baldachin

Cuzco School

European Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Private collections in Spanish America included large versions of extremely popular “statue paintings,” which featured sculptures that had gained a wide following on account of miracles ascribed to them. In the viceroyalty of Peru, such sculptures included Our Lady of Copacabana (see illustration), a replica of which was brought to the town of Cocharcas, where it inspired a local devotion. Our Lady of Cocharcas is here borne on a cart and sheltered by a baldachin, carried in procession through a mountainous landscape with her devotees of all heritages in tow.

Las colecciones privadas en Hispanoamérica incluían versiones en gran formato de las muy populares “pinturas de esculturas,” las que representaban esculturas que habían conseguido muchos fieles gracias a los milagros que se les atribuían. En el virreinato del Perú, tales esculturas incluían a Nuestra Señora de Copacabana (ver ilustración), una réplica de la cual se llevó al pueblo de Cocharcas, donde inspiró la devoción local. Nuestra Señora de Cocharcas aparece aquí transportada en una carreta y protegida por un baldaquín, en procesión a través de un terreno montañoso con su séquito de devotos de todas las razas.

ARTIST Cuzco School
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Peru
  • DATES 1765
    DIMENSIONS 78 1/4 x 56 1/2in. (198.8 x 143.5cm) frame: 85 1/4 x 63 3/16 x 3 1/4 in. (216.5 x 160.5 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed upper register: "Toda pulcra est Maria et Macula originates" Inscribed lower center: "La Milagrosa / imagen De N. S. / De Cocharcas. / Año de 1765" (The miraculous image of Our Lady of Cocharcas 1765)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft, by exchange
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Cuzco School. Our Lady of Cocharcas Under the Baldachin, 1765. Oil on canvas, 78 1/4 x 56 1/2in. (198.8 x 143.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft, by exchange, 57.144 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.144_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 57.144_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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