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The Aztec pantheon and the art of empire

By: Pohl, .

Part of the Getty Publications - (Yale) series
1606060074 / 9781606060070
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United States
26 cm 104 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
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Published to accompany the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu, from Mar.24-July 5th, 2010.

This is a groundbreaking exploration of the function and significance of Aztec monumental art and religious spectacles.

When the Aztec Empire emerged to dominate central Mexico from 1460 to 1519, vast amounts of tribute wealth flowed into the capital city of Tenochtitlan, enabling artists and architects to create sophisticated works on a monumental scale.

Confronted by a civilization without precedent, some Spanish conquistadors and missionaries looked to the classical past for explanations - with parallels being drawn between two great empires, the Aztec and the Roman.

While many studies dwell on the Aztec gods and the bloody rituals performed in their honor, this groundbreaking volume examines little-known episodes in which classicism mediated a dialogue both within and between Mesoamerica and Spain, allowing the authors to shed new light on the function of monumental art and religious spectacles.


1KLCM Mexico, ACBK Art of indigenous peoples, ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art

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