ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spanish colonial artists wove the sacred with the earthly, tapping deeply into the divine.
Peyton Wright Gallery’s 21st annual “The Art of Devotion” spans both continents and centuries as artists paired European aesthetics with imagery gleaned across the hemispheres. The works reflect a time of cultural and social conflict, the clash of perspectives forging cultures and merging into a distinctive artistic expression.
This year’s exhibition brings together colonial era works from Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and New Mexico. Guatemalan native artists produced a “Black Christ.” A naive Peruvian devotee created a 10-panel series on the life of the South American “Santa Rosa de Lima.” An artist from the famed Cuzco School painted a wounded “San Sebastian” bound to a tree against a tangle of local foliage.