Also armored with its permit of cultural exportation, this classic image of the androgynous St Michael the Archangel very unusually does not show wings. Executed in the Cuxco style favored in Peru, these elegant yet sternly martial representations of saints and angels are meant to convey the aristocratic and authoritarian aspects of the civilizing religion the missionaries are imposing. In other words, the worship of this new God and the authority of these new governors are elegantly and unmistakably conflated. Why this Michael is missing his wings remains a mystery.
29″ x 21″ oil on canvas on burlap backing, unframed.
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