Cuzco School

The Virgin of the Pilgrims and Child by Cuzco School

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The Virgin Mary was a popular subject among Cuzco artists. In this depiction of the Virgin of the Pilgrims, both mother and child wear the traveler's broad-brimmed hat (montera), indicating that this was a processional image. The triangular form of the Virgin's spectacular gold-stamped dress alludes to the shape of a mountain, a manifestation of Pachamama, the Andean Earth Mother and symbol of the earth's fertility. Thus, she is not only a Christian symbol, but also a representation of ancestral, Precolumbian beliefs.