Cave, City, and Eagles Nest: Rediscovered Mexican Codex

Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University)

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm

Detail of The Mapa de Cuahtinchan No. 2Detail of The Mapa de Cuahtinchan No. 2Photograph by Castro Mainou.Davíd CarrascoDavíd Carrasco
Detail of The Mapa de Cuahtinchan No. 2Davíd Carrasco

Dr. Davíd Carrasco, historian of religions, presents an illustrated lecture on a recently recovered early 16th-century Mexican Codex. Painted by native Mexican artists, the codex narrates their sacred history and unique cosmology. Using a variety of interpretive methods, including infra-red and ultra-violet photography, Dr. Carrasco uncovers the many-layered, complex symbolic and visual work of indigenous artists struggling to depict their world in the early decades of Spanish colonialism.

Sponsored by Starline Printing and C.T. and Susie Herman

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