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April 2010

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In This Issue:

The Art of Motherhood

The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire

The Aztec Calendar Stone

Renoir's Colors

A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses

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The Art of Motherhood
Marta Alvarez González
The Art of Motherhood

Perfect Mother's Day gift!

This stunning collection of over two hundred artworks ranges from antiquity to the present and includes vases, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings. The illustrations are paired with insightful, moving, and humorous quotations by a range of literary and public figures such as Plutarch, Dante, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Sigmund Freud, and Mae West. Together, these words and pictures offer a fitting tribute to mothers—all that they are and all that they do.

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The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire
John M. D. Pohl and Claire L. Lyons

"The most impressive show the Getty Villa has organized since reopening four years ago."
—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times

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. Confronting a civilization without precedent, some Spanish conquistadors and missionaries looked to the classical past for explanations and parallels were drawn between two great empires—the Aztec and the Roman. This groundbreaking book examines little-known episodes in which classicism mediated a dialogue both within and between Mesoamerica and Spain. The authors engage contemporary approaches to cross-cultural analogy, shedding light on the function of monumental arts and religious spectacles and consciously classicizing traditions within empires. This publication accompanies an exhibition celebrating the bicentennial of Mexican Independence on view March 24 to July 5, 2010, at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

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The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire
The Aztec Calendar Stone
Edited by Khristaan D. Villela and Mary Ellen Miller

Analyzed by scholars, deployed by Mexican nationalists, beloved by the public, and reproduced in every medium and scale since its rediscovery in 1790, the Aztec Calendar Stone, or Piedra del Sol, has become the most recognizable Pre-Columbian monument. Commissioned by the Mexican emperor Motecuhzoma I in the last decades before the Spanish invasion of the New World and buried by the conquerors not long afterward, the Aztec Calendar Stone has had a far-reaching afterlife in the modern world. This book includes an extended scholarly introduction and a selection of twenty-one key sources dating from 1581 to the present on this massive and puzzling sculpture, many published here for the first time in English.

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The Aztec Calendar Stone

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Renoir's Colors
Marie Sellier
Renoir's Colors

"Accessible to even the youngest child. This fine-art concept book is simply designed and superbly printed."
School Library Journal

This book helps children identify and explore colors through eight kid-friendly paintings by the great Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Its engaging interactive format invites the reader to open a flap and see a beautiful color detail of one of Renoir's works and then to turn the page to see the full painting from which the detail is drawn. This charming book will offer children a wonderful first experience with art, encouraging them to look closely at visual images as well as to see the variety of colors in the world around them. Ages two to five.

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A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses
Clara Bezanilla

This illustrated guide to the key gods and goddesses in the Aztec and Mayan pantheons tells the fantastic stories of their long, drawn-out contests and bitter battles and explains their roles in Aztec and Mayan mythology as well as their relationships to each other. The Aztec and Mayan peoples worshiped, among others, gods and goddesses of creation and war, of death and the underworld, and of life and fertility. Each entry is illustrated with color photographs of Aztec and Mayan artifacts. With its compact format, this book is a fun and friendly companion to volumes on Aztec and Mayan culture for both adults and children. Ages twelve and up.

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A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses

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