A Pre-Columbian art lover and noted curator journey into a fine art collection, describing the rich cultural context and artistic merits of each work. Along with 150 full-colour glossy illustrations of the terracotta, earthenware, stone, silver and copper objects, the acclaimed author, explorer and filmmaker Hugh Thomson gives a detailed, exciting narrative, based upon extensive research, of the role art played in the conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortes and of Peru by Francisco Pizarro.
It is rare that a collector takes such a personal, descriptive part in publishing his treasure trove, but in this lavishly illustrated book, Stuart Handler describes why he gathered Pre-Columbian art, what attracted him to the individual pieces, and, from his forty-five years of building art collections in various media and genres, what artistic attributes make these objects outstanding works of art.
Hugh Thomson is an award-winning British travel writer, filmmaker, and acclaimed explorer. He has led research expeditions in Peru, exploring Inca settlements. Joanne Stuhr is an art historian and independent curator who works with museums and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Stuart Handler has been collecting art for 45 years, focusing on Mexican folk art, Mexican festival masks, and pre-Columbian art. Edward Parrinello is a renowned photographer of jewellery and tribal art.