Julio Gálvez and The Huamanga Stone

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Showing Peruvian cultural heritage through the eyes of the main representative of the art of stone-carving.

Summary

This book is based on the life and work of the mastercarver of Humanga stone, Julio Gálvez, in the city of Ayacucho, the Peruvian Capital of Crafts. Huamanga stone is white alabaster and the carvings started up in colonial times due to the scarcity of marble and porcelain. The early motifs dwelled on the infant Christ and other religious images such as saints, crosses, virgins and relics.  Later craftsmen were to develop new religious motifs and images linked to the Creole culture. Today, Huamanga stone carvings portray Nativity scenes within oval-shaped recesses, as well as other figures; all with a rough finish and mainly offered as souvenirs.

Julio is a humble character who kept Perú’s cultural tradition alive through his art. “This publication is a landmark within the publishing industry aimed at children and contributes in a significant way towards the appreciation of this traditional art”. (Ministry of Culture, Perú)

Category
Children & Ya
Non-fiction
Text
Guiomar du Bois
Illustrations
Susana Venegas
Publisher
Alaluna
Year
2018
Language
Spanish and Quechua
ISBN
978-612-47894-0-3
Pages
30pp
Cover
Hardcover
Size
26x26,5cm