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The Virgin, Saints and Angels

Painting of Christ painting the wall

The Virgin, Saints and Angels

South American Paintings 1600-1825 from the Thoma Collection

September 4–December 9, 2007

Organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University.

University of Toronto Art Centre

A co-presentation of the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Latin American Studies Department, University of Toronto

This show is among the first North American exhibitions to focus exclusively on the visual tradition of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, (present day Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Panama and parts of Argentina and Chile). The characters and stories in the exhibition’s fifty-five paintings are enduring evidence of how one religion, Catholicism, was lived and experienced by the many peoples of South America from the 17th to the 19th century.


11th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture
The Bible in the Andes
Tuesday September 18, 2007, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Featuring Sabine MacCormack and Theodore Hesburgh
University of Toronto Art Centre/ University College, Room 140


Music from the Jesuit Missions
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:30-9pm
Featuring the Ensemble Tarantella and Manuel Minguillón Nieto
Victoria College Chapel, 2nd Floor


Imported Brilliance: Silk and Metal Yarns in the Colonial Andean Weaving Tradition
Saturday October 13, 2007, 12pm
Featuring Elena Phipps
55 Centre Avenue


Negotiating Redemption: Art, Angels and Apocalypse in Early Modern Imperial Spain and Vicceregal Peru
Thursday October 18, 2007, 4pm
Featuring Ramon Mujica Pinilla
Alumni Hall

Panel Talk

Andean Festivals: Honouring the Past in the Present
Friday October 19, 2007, 5-7pm
Featuring John Topic and Justin Jennings
Gardiner Museum


Guitar Ensemble
Wednesday November 7, 2007, 7-9pm
Featuring Jeffrey McFadden
University of Toronto Art Centre

Curator’s Tour

South American Colonial Paintings: Who Painted Them and What Were They For?
Wednesday November 7, 2007, 7-9pm
Featuring Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt
University of Toronto Art Centre

Gallery Talk

Travelling Tales and Mediating Images
Tuesday November 20, 2007, 12-2pm
Featuring Kenneth Mills
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

This exhibition has been made possible by support from the Clumeck Fund and from funds established by the late Drs. A. Jess and Ben Shenson. In addition we gratefully acknowledge the project support of the Office of the Dean at the Faculty of Arts & Science, Manulife Financial, the Embassy of Spain to Canada, TD Meloche Monnex, The Hispanic Baroque, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative; The Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies; New College at the University of Toronto; and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Title Image: Installation view of The Virgin, Saints and Angels, 2007. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Page Image:The Christ Child Painting the Four Last Things, late 17th – early 18th century. Oil on canvas. 86 x 112 cm.

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