Nicoletta Lepri

Huamanga stone. The influences of the Tuscan alabaster craftsmanship in the Andean alabaster working

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Among the innumerable manifestations of Italian creativity outside the confines of our country, a small but not negligible trace is that which, perhaps more unexpected than others, between the 18th and 19th century came to link certain craft activities of the Tuscan province with the impervious Andean regions of the Peru. At that time, the export of Italian products beyond the Atlantic led, to the country of South America, objects in alabaster and plaster that until much of the last century served as formal models for the creations of indigenous artisans, as well as in the first centuries of the Spanish colony it had been for the illustrated books and engravings albums produced in Germany and Flanders.

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