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.
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