Señor de los Temblores

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Señor de los Temblores

Señor de los Temblores (in Quechua known as Taytacha Temblores, meaning Christ or Lord of the Earthquakes) is a 16th-century statue of the crucifixion of Jesus in Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Peru. It is popularly believed to have reduced damage in the city during the 1650 earthquake.[1] Taytacha Temblores became known as the patron saint of Cusco,[2] and is carried in procession annually on Holy Monday.

Created in Seville around 1570, the statue was transported by ship to the Viceroyalty of Peru, where it was landed at the port of Callao. The statue was carried overland to the Cusco and installed in the cathedral. It is one of the most well-known sculptures in present-day Peru.

The work is made of mixed materials, including sticks, plaques of agave fiber, and plaster. The black color is not original but the result of having been exposed for centuries to smoke and dust, the buildup of soot from candles and oil lamps, and pigment and pollen from the red ñuk'chu flowers that are showered on the statue when it is taken in procession on Holy Monday, also known as Easter Monday. The statue was not cleaned during the 1990s restoration of the cathedral interior.[3]



  1. ^ Chaplik, D. (2005). Defining Latin American Art. McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786417285. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  2. ^ E, V.E.V. (1991). Taytacha Temblores: patrón jurado del Cuzco. Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología CONCYTEC. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  3. ^ Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Object and Apparition: Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013).
  4. ^ Brian S. Bauer (2004). Ancient Cuzco: Heartland of the Inca (First ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. pp. 107–108. ISBN 978-0-292-75721-9.
  5. ^ Alexander Bailey. Art of Colonial Latin America. London: Phaidon, 2005.
  6. ^ "Terremoto del Cuzco y procesión del Señor de los Temblores". ARCA - Arte colonial americano.