Conserving Cuzco School Paintings

Follow the conservation treatment and research of “Emblem of Folly,” a painting from colonial Cuzco. This is one of ten paintings in the Cuzco School style that were recently gifted to The Met as part of the Museum’s effort to collect works from colonial Latin America. José Luis Lazarte Luna, Assistant Conservator in Paintings Conservation, who was born and raised in Lima, Peru, says that conservation can “shine a light on those communities or artists that have not had the focus before.” These paintings have many unknowns, from the identities of their Indigenous makers to the materials they used. Committed study of these works can help create a better understanding of Latinx cultural identity and history. Featured object: Emblem of Folly, Unknown artist, Peru, 18th century. Oil on canvas, 49 5/8 x 43 5/16 in. (126 x 110 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Clifford Ming Teh Li, in honor of James Kung Wei Li and Julie Chu Lu Li, 2018 (2018.836.1) Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Managing Producer: Kate Farrell; Producer: Sarah Cowan; Associate Producer: Melissa Bell; Editor: Alex Guns; Camera: Alex Guns, Stephanie Wuertz; Additional Camera: Wayne De La Roche; Production Coordinator: Bryan Martin; Production Assistant: Anna Oehklers, Rachel Smith; Original Music: Austin Fisher; Intro Animation: Stephanie Wuertz; Graphic Design: Natasha Mileshina © 2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cite this page as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Conserving Cuzco School Paintings," in Smarthistory, March 8, 2021, accessed July 20, 2024,