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In 1500 CE, the Inca empire covered most of South America's Andean region. The empire's leaders first met Europeans on November 15, 1532, when a large Inca army confronted Francisco Pizarro's band of adventurers in the highland Andean valley of Cajamarca, Peru. At few other times in its history would the Inca royal leadership so aggressively showcase its moral authority and political power. Glittering and truculent, what Europeans witnessed at Inca Cajamarca compels revised understandings of pre-contact Inca visual art, spatial practice, and bodily expression. This book takes a fresh look at the encounter at Cajamarca, using the episode to offer a new, art-historical interpretation of pre-contact Inca culture and power. Adam Herring's study offers close readings of Inca and Andean art in a variety of media: architecture and landscape, geoglyphs, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, featherwork and metalwork. The volume is richly illustrated with over sixty color images.Read more
- A close art-historical reading of Inca artworks and visual expression
- Provides in-depth consideration of historical and performative contexts of Inca art
- Features full-color illustrations of objects in several media: architecture, sculpture, weaving, woodwork, and metalwork
- Honourable Mention, 2016 PROSE Award for Art History and Criticism
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- Date Published: May 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107094369
- length: 258 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 186 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.75kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus. 61 colour illus. 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Llamas and the logic of the gaze
2. Under Atawallpa's gaze
3. Chessboard landscape
4. Qori: a place in the sun
Conclusion: fount of beauty.
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