The Tree of Jesse and the "Relación de Michoacán": Mimicry in Colonial Mexico

Afanador-Pujol, Angélica J.
December 2010
Art Bulletin;Dec2010, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p293
Academic Journal
The article examines the use of the Tree of Jesse image by Pre-Columbian artists to depict the life and culture of the indigenous people of modern day Michoacán, Mexico. The author discusses the creation of the Relación de Michoacán, a collection of illustrations created by the native artists to help the Spanish viceroy better-understand the customs of the indigenous culture. The depiction of the Uanacaze, who were the historic tribal rulers, in prominent positions in the Relación de Michoacán, is also included.


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