Art in Mexico

In Mexico City, visit the Anthropology Museum to see the amazing art produced by all the diverse ancient cultures of (what is today) Mexico, and a short distance away, the amazing ancient city of Teotihuacan, and an early mission church with gorgeous frescoes and an Atrial cross at Acolman.

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Diego Rivera, first and second floor murals of the Secretaría de Educación Pública
Diego Rivera, first and second floor murals of the Secretaría de Educación Pública

Diego Rivera's enormous mural cycle at the Ministry of Public Education celebrates Mexico: its festivals, its industries, and its people in over 100 panels

Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, <em>Christ Consoled by Angels</em>
Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, Christ Consoled by Angels

An 18th-century painting from New Spain visualizes Christ's suffering in New Spain

El Tajín
El Tajín

El Tajin has survived as an outstanding example of the grandeur and importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.

Rock paintings of Sierra de San Francisco
Rock paintings of Sierra de San Francisco

From c. 100 B.C.E. to 1300 C.E., the Sierra de San Francisco was home to a people who left one of the most outstanding collections of rock paintings in the world.

Xochicalco
Xochicalco

Xochicalco is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a fortified political, religious and commercial centre from the troubled period of 650–900

Paquimé, Casas Grandes
Paquimé, Casas Grandes

Paquimé, Casas Grandes, which reached its apogee in the 14th and 15th centuries, played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the south-western United States and northern Mexico and the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica

Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

The Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Sun are massive architectural constructions that tell us a lot about Teotihuacan culture

The House of the Eagles, and sculptures of Mictlantecuhtli and Eagle Warrior
The House of the Eagles, and sculptures of Mictlantecuhtli and Eagle Warrior

Life-size terracotta sculptures of the god of the underworld and eagle warriors were found in the House of the Eagles in the sacred precinct of the Aztec (Mexica) capital of Tenochtitlan

Manuel Vilar, <em>Tlahuicole</em>
Manuel Vilar, Tlahuicole

Vilar's sculpture of Tlahuicole draws on the style of Neoclassicism to show the heroic Tlaxcalan warrior Tlahuicole who battled the Aztecs

Church of Santa Prisca and San Sebastian, Taxco, Mexico
Church of Santa Prisca and San Sebastian, Taxco, Mexico

One of the most remarkable churches from 18th-century Mexico has a façade and interior that seem to writhe with life.

Brazier of Chicomecoatl
Brazier of Chicomecoatl

An elaborate Aztec brazier of Chicomecoatl was used to burn offerings to the gods

José María Velasco, <em>The Candelabrum</em>
José María Velasco, The Candelabrum

An enormous cactus in the Mexican landscape is captured in amazing detail by the painter José María Velasco in teh 19th century