Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Master of Calamarca

Angel Holding a Firearm (Angel Letiel Dei)
angel armed with an arquebus, a motif that arose in the Viceroyalty of Peru (which includes modern-day Bolivia, where Calamarca lies) in the second half of 17th century.
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Master of Calamarca (approximately 1680-around 1750) was the unnamed Bolivian baroque painter who created two series of angels painted on the walls of a catholic church in Calamarca, Bolivia in the Department of La Paz. Exact identity of the artist is unknown.

The Calamarca church contains two sets of angels, most likely created by the same person. The first contains militant Angel arcabuceros wielding firearms, with each angel's name written clearly at the bottom. The second set depicts androgynous angels wearing billowing capes, elaborate short European-style female dresses and Roman military boots. They are unsigned, but each is carrying an object uniquely identifying the subject as one of Archangels of Palermo. According to a tradition stemming from medieval Palermo, these were seven archangels, venerated in Spain, although only three were recognized by the Church.

(summary from Wikipedia)