Close-up of the (Art) Collection

Thanks to a very generous donation the Archive-Library is now home to this beautiful painting of Madonna and Child also known as Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata.

IMG_5309The oil painting is 17th or 18th century from the Cuzco School in Peru. The Cuzco School was made up of European and indigenous painters in from the 16th to 19th century.  The artists often drew upon both groups’ cultural and artistic backgrounds to create the mestizo-baroque style you see here.  The artist, like many others from this time, created this piece anonymously, as art was often defined as communal.

Before coming to SBMAL, the Cuzco painting went through a year of conservation and transformation at the Fine Art Conservation Laboratories in Santa Barbara. Below, you will see the picture of the face of the Madonna before restoration and all of the work that it took to return the painting to its’ original beauty.


Close-up of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata before restoration

Thank you to our donor and to FACL! We appreciate all of your support and this wonderful addition to our Art Collection. To learn more about FACL’s work visit:

If you are interested in partnering with SBMAL on future art conservation projects visit: or contact


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