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THE COLORS OF THE NEW WORLD: ARTISTS, MATERIALS AND THE CREATION OF THE FLORENTINE CODEX. Diana Magaloni Kerpel. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2014. Getty Research Institute Council Lecture. 80 pp. with 30 col. ills. 21 x 16 cm. LC 2014-1971 ISBN 9781606063293 In English.
Publishes Diana Magaloni Kerpel's lecture of the same title, held at the Getty Center in 2013. Publisher's description: In August 1576, in the midst of an outbreak of the plague, the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun and twenty-two indigenous artists locked themselves inside the school of Santa Cruz de Tlaltelolco in Mexico City with a mission: to create nothing less than the first illustrated encyclopedia of the New World. Today this twelve-volume manuscript is preserved in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and is widely known as the Florentine Codex. A monumental achievement, the Florentine Codex is the single most important artistic and historical document for studying the peoples and cultures of pre-Hispanic and colonial Central Mexico. It reflects both indigenous and Spanish traditions of writing and painting, including parallel columns of text in Spanish and Nahuatl and more than two thousand watercolor illustrations prepared in European and Aztec pictorial styles. This volume reveals the complex meanings inherent in the selection of the pigments used in the manuscript, offering a fascinating look into a previously hidden symbolic language. Drawing on cutting edge approaches in art history, anthropology, and the material sciences, the book sheds new light on one of the world's great manuscripts--and on a pivotal moment in the early modern Americas.
Indexing: Western, Europe, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native Middle/South America — Mexico, Spain — 1400-1600 — Manuscripts and Book Design
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 159675
Paperbound $15.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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