Followers of Apelles: The Nahua Artists of the Florentine Codex
April 6, 2011
Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Director, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
One of the most important records of Aztec life around the time of the Spanish Conquest, the so-called Florentine Codex is a profusely illuminated multivolume work produced by indigenous artist-scribes writing in three languages—Náhuatl, Spanish, and Latin—under the supervision of Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún. This lecture will forcus on the significance of materials in the ancient Mesoamerican painting techniques, the status of the images in the codex, and the way indigenous artists thought of themselves in early 16th-century Mexico.
Free admission. Open to the public.
Presented as part of the collaboration between the Harvard Art Museums and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to bring scholarship in Latin American art to Harvard and surrounding communities.
The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.