February 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gold in South America had a spiritual importance. Its brilliance evoked the Sun — the golden disk that nourished the Earth. In Peru and Colombia, goldsmiths made some of the most spectacular treasures of the ancient world. Cast and hammered, gold was transformed into sacred offerings for tombs and temples. Europeans, by contrast, saw gold as a commodity — the ultimate symbol of wealth. For decades, Europeans searched in vain for El Dorado, the legendary Golden One. Although many golden treasures were melted down for bullion, magnificent works of art are preserved in the museums of Peru and Colombia.
Chloë Sayer is an independent scholar and curator, specializing in Mexican art and culture. Based in London, she is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain. She lectures extensively, leads cultural tours to Mexico, and has made ethnographic collections in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum. Sayer has also worked on numerous television documentaries as: Guitarra, about the history of the guitar; Full Circle with Michael Palin and Children of the Sun
The lecture starts at 20.00 pm; premises opens at 19.30 pm;
De Warenar Kerkstraat 75, 2242 HE, Wassenaar. Entrance (non-members): € 12,-. A membership (8 lectures, free entrance; and other activities) is € 60,- per year and € 110,- for a couple. The website is: www.dfas.nl.
Decorative & Fine Arts Society of The Hague (DFAS)