Until January 15th, 2018, the Musée du Louvre Paris will be putting on exhibition two masterpieces of New Grenada art dating back to the 18th: “La Lechuga” and the statue of Saint Barbara.
Constructed by José de Galaz, between 1700 and 1707, “La Lechuga” (meaning “the lettuce.” In English) is an 80-centimeter-tall monstrance made of gold and more than 1,700 gems. It got its name from the great amount of emeralds adorning it in an intense green color and is believed to be ordered to be sculptured by the Society of Jesus to hide the precious stones from the Spanish Crown at the times of the New Kingdom of Granada (the name given to the 16th-century settlement of the Spanish in northern South America).
The Saint Barbara statue is regarded as an emblem of the art of New Granada. It was created by Pedro Laboria, in the colors of the Spanish crown in order to underline the nobility of the figure, and is widely considered a source of inspiration for many contemporary artists.
This exhibition was organized as part of France-Colombia 2017.
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