Viceregal Rarities at the Benton
|View of "Gilded, Carved, and Embossed: Latin American Art 1500–1800." At center is an 18th-century Brazilian Saint Benedict of Palermo. Pomona College Collection, Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund|
Last year LACMA did a large show of its growing Spanish colonial collection. You might assume that the Benton Museum of Art's more modest exhibition—"Gilded, Carved, and Embossed: Latin American Art 1500–1800"—would have little to add. Actually, the Benton's two-room, 25-object show is packed with rarities and is well worth a trip. It's a reminder of how little U.S. audiences know about this art, and of what discoveries may still await.
|Our Lady of the Miracles of Cuzco. Cuzco, Pero, 18th century, Collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma|
|The Christ Child in Three Guises with Indigenous Donors. Cuzco, Peru, 1835. Collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma|
|Our Lady of Loreto. Peru, 17th-18th century. Collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma|
|Saint Joseph and the Christ Child. Guatemala, 18th century. Collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma|
|Genealogical Tree of the Mercedarian Order. Potosi, Bolivia, mid 18th century. Collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma|