Friday, March 6, 2015

At an art school in Ecuador, artisans keep the Renaissance and Baroque alive

By Liz Scherffius
Jimenez specializes in the art of bargueños. | Photo: teleSUR
ECAUDOR---The Quito School’s fusion Spanish-indigenous artwork is a source of regional and national pride. Nestled in a crescent-shaped street in Quito's historic sector is an artistic hub where artists are keeping the Quito School of art alive, hundreds of years after its renaissance roots. Jose Luis Jimenez, who works from house 989 in La Ronda street, works in restoration, sculpture and woodcarving. Jimenez is one of the few artisans who continues to work in the style of the Quito School; an art movement that was born in the 1500s with the Spanish conquest. It is a style that uses both renaissance and baroque elements in predominately religious artwork. [link]