"Their Cortés and Our Cortés": Spanish Colonialism and Aztec Representation

Schreffler, Michael
December 2009
Art Bulletin;Dec2009, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p407
Academic Journal
In this article the author examines the manner in which early modern rhetoric and iconography resulted in a skewed vision of Aztec Mexican painting and enmeshed it in the conventions of colonial historiography. The author illustrates his points by using texts by Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Francisco López de Gómara and Antonio de Solis, and a painting that illustrates the events that took place in San Juan de Ulúa, Mexico, when the Spanish conquistadors encountered the governor of a community of Aztecs.


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