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Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between


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Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: The Painted Walls of the Andes: Chronology, Techniques, and Meanings
  • Chapter Two: The Road to Hell is Paved with Flowers: Journeys to the Afterlife at the Church of Andahuaylillas
  • Chapter Three: Clothing the Architectonic Body: Textile Murals of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • Chapter Four: Turning the Jordan River into a Pacarina: Murals of the Baptism of Christ at the Churches of Urcos and Pitumarca
  • Chapter Five: Earthly Violence/Divine Justice: Tadeo Escalante's Murals at the Church of Huaro
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography

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"An insightful, thorough, and well-presented book that adds significant new scholarship to the study of mural painting in the Andean region. Cohen Suarez urges the reader to regard the murals she studies as visual archives capable of revealing the complex ways that artists and viewers negotiated a conceptual space in the world they inhabited and created. She masterfully demonstrates the advantages of her approach, revealing a world of negotiated meanings that are not readily apparent." -- Carolyn Dean, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida, and author of Object and Apparition: Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes "Beautifully written and very well argued. With unique interpretations and several original archival discoveries, the book highlights the potential of murals as an art form, applied to a relatively little-known mural tradition." -- Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida, and author of Object and Apparition: Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes

About the Author

Ananda Cohen Suarez is an assistant professor of history of art at Cornell University. She coauthored Handbook to Life in the Inca World.


"[T]his is an important book that makes a valuable contribution to a dynamic field. It fills in many lacunae in our understanding of Andean mural culture." * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"[A] well-written and amply illustrated contribution to Andean colonial history." * The Americas *
"A clearly written, mostly jargon-free, and scholarly book, which manages at once to be rigorous and comprehensible to a wider audience...The story [Cohen-Aponte] tells, of murals progressing from being a locally mediated tool of evangelisation to a medium for social critique, is compelling and convincing." * Bulletin of Latin American Research *
"The field should be grateful to have this book, both for the scholarly inroads it makes into this corpus and for its unusually readable and well-encapsulated chapters, which make it a wonderful teaching resource." * Ethnohistory *

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