Virtually explore the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City with Smarthistory as your guide
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Dr. Atl recorded the daily evolution of a volcano that formed outside his cabin near Mexico City. For the first time in modern science, one could study and record a volcano’s creation.
An 18th-century painting from New Spain visualizes Christ's suffering in New Spain
Vilar's sculpture of Tlahuicole draws on the style of Neoclassicism to show the heroic Tlaxcalan warrior Tlahuicole who battled the Aztecs
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.
What does the music of heaven sound like?
A continuous narrative, this shows three different parts of the story, each in a different part of the landscape.
Cabrera fancied himself the Michelangelo of Mexico, but chose to borrow the format and iconography of Rubens.
Velasco shows us the history of the land, both the natural and the built environments.