Critical analysis of the evidence of ancient conservation work in the paintings of Diego Quispe Tito

  • Anna Derentowicz-Zakrzewska
Keywords: Diego Quispe Tito, paintings, conservation, restoration


Two paintings by the most renowned exponent of the Cuzco school, Diego Quispe Tito (1611-81), Visión de la Cruz and Bautismo del Cristo, belonging to the collection of the Santo Domingo Monastery (Templo del Sol, Qoricancha, Cuzco, Perú) have been subjected over time to a great deal of conservation and restoration work. Interventions in the past, both, professional and makeshift, have undoubtedly saved the paintings from total destruction. However, traces of these endeavors have significantly impacted the present state of preservation and, consequently, the artistic perception of these paintings. While describing this state of preservation, the author had attempted to separate former conservation efforts, now judged censoriously, yet carried out in the spirit of the times and in accordance with the then available knowledge and local possibilities, from the very harmful makeshift and amateurish interventions. During the course of her conservation and restoration efforts, the author has eliminated traces of former interventions, revising the artistic expression of the paintings which, she hopes, will cast a new light on Diego Quispe Tito’s art.


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How to Cite
Derentowicz-Zakrzewska, A. (2012). Critical analysis of the evidence of ancient conservation work in the paintings of Diego Quispe Tito. Estudios Latinoamericanos, 32, 121-129.