"Art and Belief in the Spanish Colonial Andes," Lecture by Professor Michael Schreffler


Location: Snite Museum of Art

Visual images of the Virgin Mary were instrumental in the spread of Catholicism in the wake of the Spanish invasion and conquest of Peru.

Statues of the Virgin were the objects of pious appeals for divine intervention, and their power was rooted in the belief that the reverence shown to them extended to Mother of God herself.

Paintings of those statues allowed devotees to honor the Virgin in places other than churches and chapels, creating the illusion of a sculptural conduit to the divine in domestic settings. Devotional practices centered on those pictures demonstrate a belief in the spiritual potency of visual imagery and, at the same time, attest to an abiding faith in the power of painting itself. 

Join us for more on this topic in a lecture delivered by Dr. Michael Schreffler, associate professor in the Department of Art, Art History, & Design and guest curator of Divine Illusions: Statue Painting in Colonial South America

After the lecture, join Dr. Schreffler in the exhibition galleries for questions and to look more closely at these statue paintings. The lecture will also be immediately followed by a reception celebrating the exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art.

That evening Snite Museum guests may park free of charge after 3:45 p.m in the Stadium Faculty and Staff Lot, which is located directly south of the football stadium and to the east of Legend's of Notre Dame restaurant and bar. 


Our Lady Of Characato Recto 1 Taf Michael Tropea Med Res 2006

Gutiêrrez, Cipriano de Toledo y (active 1761-1775), Our Lady of Characato, 1771, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, photo by Michael Tropea.