L'Inca et le Conquistador

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From Tuesday 23rd June to Sunday 20th September 2015


  • Paz Núñez-Regueiro, Head of the Americas Heritage Unit

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About the exhibition


Two men, a single ambition. Through the portraits of the Inca Atahualpa and the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the exhibition presents the key events in the conquest of the Inca Empire and describes the encounter between two worlds.


We are in the 1520s. The Spanish empire of Charles I, with its great thirst for gold and conquests, continues the exploration of the Pacific Ocean and the South American coast that had begun a decade earlier. At the same time on the Amerindian coast, the greatest Inca empire ever known – Tawantinsuyu, "the empire of four quarters" – is expanding under the reign of Huayna Capac. The dynastic crisis provoked by Capac's death brings his son Atahualpa to power. This coincides with the arrival on Peruvian soil of the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro and his conquistadores.

Through Spanish and indigenous stories of the conquest, illustrating the parallel lives and conflicts of these two protagonists, the exhibition examines the key events in the history of the South American continent. Presented in the form of a dialogue, the Inca and Hispanic objects, paintings, maps and engravings of the period highlight the clash between two radically different worlds, as they underwent a profound political, economic, cultural and religious revolution.

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