This exhibit closed April 18, 2010. 

This fascinating exhibit explores and discusses the art of the retablo, specifically the works of artist Nicario Jimenez Quispe. Retablos first came to Peru in the 16th century. Brought by the Spanish Conquistadors, they were used in the Old World as portable altars for travelers and also carried into battle by warriors during the Crusades. Early retablos often featured Saint James, who was the patron saint in the war against the Moors. In the New World they were used by the Spanish to spread the Catholic faith. The Museum of Man holds a beautiful and unique collection of these retablos. The exquisite art pieces tell the stories, histories, and traditions of the Highland people of South America. The intent of the exhibition is to showcase the artwork of the retablo and to share information about the people who make them: how the events and traditions around them have influenced their lives.

The retablo art of Peru moves beyond the religious scenes originally depicted by the Spanish. These retablos reflect the lives of the indigenous people of Peru. As an artist, Quispe creates beautiful artwork, but he also comments on the political history and the traditional ways of his village and his people.

Retablos is located on the main floor and opened to the public Saturday, May 23, 2009. The exhibit runs through April 18, 2010.