Art of the Americas

Learn about the art and culture of the Olmec, the Maya, the Inka, the Aztec, and other pre-conquest cultures. Learn about the art of the British and Spanish colonies, of the Native North American nations, the cultures of the Amazon and of the art of the new American republics of the 18th and 19th century. Here are the brilliant and complex stories of the peoples of the New World.

The ritual this was made for was enacted in fields the Inka owned — in the Chancay lands they had conquered.

An Inka paccha

The blending of human and animal traits in this figure shows us that the Chancay people were keen observers of nature.

Chancay Standing Female Figure

This ivory sculpture of Jesus traveled between three continents, demonstrating the global flow of materials, objects, and Christianity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Christ Crucified, a Hispano-Philippine ivory

Textiles remained important items after the Spanish conquest in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Churches were even painted with textile murals to endow these spaces with sacredness.

Textiles in the Colonial Andes