What art is and isn't..is a continual source of debate throughout time. What is civilized and what isn't ..is based in part by the art, music, literature, theater, sculpture and architecture of a people. Pizarro's mission in Peru was to explore not to destroy a civilization as Cortez did in Mexico but, Pizarro simply redefined the meaning of civilized. Judging this high culture of astronomers, architects, botanist, goldsmiths, sculptures; this land where the golden rule was a part of daily life, where neighbors cared for each other, where none who worked went hungry or without shelter...uncivilized heathens; he slaughtered them. Pizarro though given a room floor to ceiling of gold for the ransom of the Inca [King] Atahuala, decided it was not enough, and brought the full fury of the Spanish Inquisition to Peru.
Though the preponderance of Inca sculpture was gold and silver and thus melted down despite its beauty, by the Spanish, works of clay and stone remain.
Due to the destruction of the Spaniards and to the humidity of the environment as well as the lack of the use of adornment on their buildings very very little two dimensional art is left for us to see in Peru from the time of the Inca or before. But personal objects mean for daily use do remain to show us their artist abilities, such as pipes, cups, bowls and small figurines.
While in the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca we visited a Contemporary Peruvian sculpture and potter, Pablo Seminario .
The Field Museum in Chicago is now displaying his work.
True strength is seen here..in grasp, in sinew, of mind and heart for what is art if not the combination of product with progeny?
What do you think art is? Who is an artist? What have you seen labeled as art which you would argue is NOT art till the cows come home?