Melchor Pérez Holguín’s Pietà: A Restoration in Context

Melchor Pérez Holguín’s Pietà: A Restoration in Context


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Mon, 06/06/2022 – 18:04

In 2019 LACMA acquired a monumental painting by the Bolivian painter Melchor Pérez Holguín, which was restored for the exhibition “Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800.” Referred to as the “Golden Brush,” Pérez Holguín was regarded as one of the most important painters of Potosí, Bolivia, in his own day and beyond. This stirring painting was designed to invoke piety and arouse the senses, all while appealing to local forms of taste and religiosity. Narrated by the actor Julian Sands, the film documents the painting’s history and restoration, and includes rich commentary by various experts, including LACMA curators and conservators, as well as prominent historians.




Runtime: 16 minutes 9 seconds

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