Stories in Red and Black Pictorial Histories of the Aztec and Mixtecs

ISBN-10: 0292719892
ISBN-13: 9780292719897
Edition: 2000
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Description: The Aztecs and Mixtecs of ancient Mexico recorded their histories pictorially in images painted on hide, paper, and cloth. The tradition of painting history continued even after the Spanish Conquest, as the Spaniards accepted the pictorial histories  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

The Aztecs and Mixtecs of ancient Mexico recorded their histories pictorially in images painted on hide, paper, and cloth. The tradition of painting history continued even after the Spanish Conquest, as the Spaniards accepted the pictorial histories as valid records of the past. Five Pre-Columbian and some 150 early colonial painted histories survive today. This copiously illustrated book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the Mexican painted history as an intellectual, documentary, and pictorial genre. Elizabeth Hill Boone explores how the Mexican historians conceptualized and painted their past and introduces the major pictorial records: the Aztec annals and cartographic histories and the Mixtec screenfolds and lienzos. Boone focuses her analysis on the kinds of stories told in the histories and on how the manuscripts work pictorially to encode, organize, and preserve these narratives. This twofold investigation broadens our understanding of how preconquest Mexicans used pictographic history for political and social ends. It also demonstrates how graphic writing systems created a broadly understood visual "language" that communicated effectively across ethnic and linguistic boundaries.

Elizabeth Hill Boone is Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art at Tulane University.

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