Snite Museum of Art is offering a video tour of their exhibition Divine Illusions: Statue paintings from Colonial South America, featuring thirteen paintings on loan from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
In eighteenth-century Spanish America, sculpted images of the Virgin Mary were frequent subjects of paintings. Some of these “statue paintings” depicted sculptures famed for miraculous intercession in medieval Spain. Others captured the likenesses of statues originating in the Americas and were similarly celebrated for their divine intervention. Like the statues they portrayed, the paintings, too, were understood to be imbued with sacredness and were objects of devotion in their own right. Divine Illusions focuses on statue paintings of the Virgin from the Viceroyalty of Peru, a part of the Spanish Empire encompassing much of Andean South America.