Restoration of colonial painting and historic church in Cusco

Friday October 10, 2014
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Restoration of colonial painting and historic church in Cusco

Over the past two years a large 18th century oil painting has been restored. This week it was returned to the Virgin of the Snows church in Sangarará, a historic town southeast of the city of Cusco.

The 3.5 meters tall and 4 meters wide painting depicts Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. The restoration of the artwork was a major project done by artist Juan Rodriguez in the center of Tipon. The project was supervised by the artworks office of the Ministry of Culture in Cusco. The canvas was in very poor condition. It was damaged by cracks, slashes, water stains and holes from nails.

This painting is one of several art pieces that have been restored in a 3.5 million soles project ($1.2 mn) of the Sangarará church and the colonial artwork it contains. Among the restored pieces a mural painting, the wood pulpit and wooden altars and polychrome statues. The colonial church itself has also undergone structural repairs. The work on the church was completed in February this year.

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