13 Highlights from SAMA's "Highest Heaven" Exhibition 

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In colonial South America, as in other colonized regions around the world, art was a powerful means of propaganda, a devious device employing pathos and the subtle (sometimes not so subtle) appropriation of indigenous culture to win over the hearts and minds of occupied populations. In the San Antonio Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber,” on view through September 4, viewers can experience more than 100 18th-century colonial paintings, sculptures, furniture, ivories and silverworks. $15-$20, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. Through September 4.
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Christ Descending into Hell, Peruvian, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Bruce Schwarz.
Christ Child as Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), Indo-Portuguese, 17th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Christ on the Cross, Bolivian, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Missal Stand, Peruvian or Bolivian, late 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Our Lady of Candlemas with Donors, Bolivian, Potosí, 1799, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Indo-Portuguese, 17th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Bruce Schwarz.
Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata, Bolivian, late 17th or 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Pax Depicting the Ecce Homo, Peruvian, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Attributed to Cristóbal Lozano (Peruvian, 1705-1776), Rosa de Salazar y Gabiño, Countess of Monteblanco and Montemar, 1764-1771, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Bolivian, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Saint Michael the Archangel, Peruvian, Cuzco, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Trunk Decorated with Spanish Colonial Paintings, South American, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Christ Descending into Hell, Peruvian, 18th century, Roberta and Richard Huber Collection; photograph by Bruce Schwarz.