By Eduardo de J. Douglas
Around 1542, descendants of the Aztec rulers of Mexico created money owed of the pre-Hispanic historical past of the town of Tetzcoco, Mexico, one of many imperial capitals of the Aztec Empire. Painted in iconic script ("picture writing"), the Codex Xolotl, the Quinatzin Map, and the Tlohtzin Map seem to hold and emphasize either pre-Hispanic content material and in addition pre-Hispanic shape, regardless of being produced virtually a iteration after the Aztecs surrendered to Hernán Cortés in 1521. but, as this pioneering examine makes simple, the truth is much extra complex.
Eduardo de J. Douglas deals an in depth severe research and historic contextualization of the manuscripts to argue that colonial financial, political, and social matters affected either the content material of the 3 Tetzcocan pictorial histories and their archaizing pictorial shape. As files composed via indigenous humans to say their status as valid heirs of the Aztec rulers in addition to dependable topics of the Spanish Crown and solid Catholics, the Tetzcocan manuscripts qualify as refined but smart negotiations among indigenous and Spanish platforms of signification and among indigenous and Spanish innovations of genuine estate and political rights. by way of interpreting the Tetzcocan manuscripts as calculated responses to the alterations and demanding situations posed via Spanish colonization and Christian evangelization, Douglas's research considerably contributes to and expands upon the scholarship on imperative Mexican manuscript portray and up to date serious investigations of artwork and political ideology in colonial Latin America.
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In the Palace of Nezahualcoyotl: Painting Manuscripts, Writing the Pre-Hispanic Past in Early Colonial Period Tetzcoco, Mexico (William & Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture) by Eduardo de J. Douglas