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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Vilar's sculpture of Tlahuicole draws on the style of Neoclassicism to show the heroic Tlaxcalan warrior Tlahuicole who battled the Aztecs
One of the most remarkable churches from 18th-century Mexico has a façade and interior that seem to writhe with life.
An elaborate Aztec brazier of Chicomecoatl was used to burn offerings to the gods
An enormous cactus in the Mexican landscape is captured in amazing detail by the painter José María Velasco in teh 19th century
Francisco Goitia's image of universal suffering confronts us directly
Parra uses a 16th-century friar to comment on 19th-century events, as artists began to make a new art for a new nation.
There is no “right way” to read this mural because there is no clear beginning or end to the story. The viewer is required to construct their own history of Mexico
Throughout the colonial period, this reproductive medium allowed for the wide circulation of images to a broad public, creating a shared religious and political culture.
This ivory sculpture of Jesus traveled between three continents.
Santiago became an important saint in New Spain, recast to convey Spanish dominance over the Indigenous population in the sixteenth century.
Find out what happens to classical Renaissance architecture when it arrives in New Spain.
The goal of the eagle warrior was to capture the greatest number of captives, who would then be sacrificed to the Mexica gods. All warriors rose in rank according to the number of captives they acquired.