The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the <i>Florentine Codex</i> (Pre-Order)

The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex (Pre-Order)

  • Diana Magaloni Kerpel
    Available August 2014. Orders placed now will backorder. Your credit card will not be charged until the book ships.


    In August 1576, in the midst of an outbreak of the plague, the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún 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    A monumental achievement, the Florentine Codex is the single most important artistic and historical document for studying the peoples and cultures of pre-Hispanic and colonial Central Mexico.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 cuttingedge 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.

    Diana Magaloni Kerpel is a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has served as director of the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City.

  • 80 pages
    6 x 8 1/4 inches
    
20 color illustrations
    
ISBN 978-1-60606-329-3
    paperback

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Research Institute

    2014


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