The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

Created by Bernardino de Sahagún and a group of Nahua scholars between 1575 and 1577, the Florentine Codex is an encyclopedic study of Aztec culture in the wake of the 1521 Conquest of Mexico. Accompanying its Spanish and native Nahuatl language texts are some 2,400 ink and watercolor drawings. Diana Magaloni Kerpel of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City shares her research on this unique historical document. The Codex's illustrations can be read as a third hidden text, reflecting both the pre-Hispanic tradition of painting-writing employed to record human history and the classical legacy of Renaissance Europe.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire on view at the Getty Villa March 24-July 5, 2010.

About Diana Magaloni Kerpel
Diana Magaloni Kerpel is director of National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. She studied at the National Institute of Anthropology and History specializing in restoration and mural painting, and received graduate degrees in art history from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City and from Yale University. Her research has focused on the study of Mesoamerican and indigenous pictorial techniques in the 16th century, and she is developing an interdisciplinary method combining chemistry, physics, archaeology, ethnography, and art history to understand how mural paintings and codices were created. She has written extensively about pre-Hispanic mural art and is currently writing a book about the materials, images, symbolism, and narratives of the Florentine Codex.

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