A British Museum exhibition offers a sterling chance for education and aesthetic enchantment.
NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E nough already with the Morozovs, Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Vuitton. “What’s happening in Peru,” you might be thinking. That’s ancient Peru. Sprinting textually from Paris to the British Museum, I can report that I found Peru: A Journey in Time to be an engrossing, sometimes enchanting survey of the art and culture of Peru from about 2500 b.c. to the Spanish conquest 4,000 years later.
Surrounded by mountains and oceans, what we now call Peru evolved over this span with some but not much outside influence — until, that is, the conquistadores arrived. The exhibition and catalogue present not only aesthetically