Inca Art and Architecture Class to Travel to Peru
January 27, 2016
During spring break 2016, the seminar Art 367, “Inca Art and Architecture,” taught by Andrew James Hamilton, will travel to Peru. The class will visit the former Inca capital of Cusco; Machu Picchu, the famed royal estate of the Emperor Pachacuti; and Lima, the capital founded by the Spanish in 1535; as well as a number of other archaeological sites and museum collections. The excursion will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the scale, inclines, and altitudes of Inca built environments in synchrony with their material culture. Each student will deliver an on-site presentation examining aspects of Inca art, architecture, and society, and conduct further research to develop these presentations into their final papers.
The trip will further broaden students’ understandings of the Incas through intradisciplinary analysis: Americanist Rachael DeLue will join the excursion to bring insight to Inca conceptualizations of landscape, and Egyptologist Deborah Vischak will proffer comparisons of Inca and Egyptian royal funerary practices.
This opportunity is generously supported by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Council of the Humanities.