Art and Architecture in Peru

Detail of ceramic wall tiles at the Santo Domingo cloister, Lima, dated 1606
Detail of ceramic wall tiles at the Santo Domingo cloister, Lima, dated 1606

This special collection gives access to 1.300 photographs showing Peruvian art and architecture from pre-colonial times to the present. It is one of the few online collections offering a comprehensive and diverse panorama of Peru’s cultural heritage, whose study it aims to support. Nicole Falconi Müller collected the metadata for more than 600 objects, which have been organized, defined, and linked according to state-of-the-art technical standards: we used the CIDOC-CRM ontology developed by the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) in the EasyDB digital asset management system to make the open-linked data locatable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). Guided by his personal research interests, Tristan Weddigen assembled the collection from photographs taken during two field trips to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu in 2014 and 2016. As a result, this photographic collection is diverse in terms of both quantity and quality and serves as a travel sketchbook rather than a systematic or representative photographic campaign. Both photographs and metadata will be refined over time. We welcome external contributions.


We thank Emiliano Di Carlo, BHMPI, Rome, for his support and The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, as well as the University of Zurich for the funding.


Text  Tristan Weddigen
Photographs  Tristan Weddigen
Data  Nicole Falconi Müller
Online presentation  Tatjana Bartsch

1. Mai 2023

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