Inca Genealogy Portraits of Viceregal Peru
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The author catalogs a collection of thirteen portraits painted in tempera of the Inca Kings or Sapa Incas at Kalamazoo College. Each panel measures 8 x 6 inches. The portraits were donated to the college in the 1960s in their current frame and condition. The author reviews the history of Colonial Peru and its capital, Cuzco. She discusses the origins of these genealogical portraits in the primarily religious Cuzco School and compares the symbolism and style of the Kalamazoo collection with similar portraits in other collections, suggesting that they were likely painted between and 1860 during the resurgence of Peruvian and Inca nationalism and represent the right to claim a fading noble heritage.