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The Treasures of the Aztecs

Pectoral, gold • Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City • CONACULTA-INAH. Photo Michel Zabé
Pectoral, gold
Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City
CONACULTA-INAH. Photo Michel Zabé
The Treasures of the Aztecs
ROME  •  Fondazione Memmo - Palazzo Ruspoli  •  Ongoing
The exhibition opens by examining the origins of the Aztecs. The main part of the exhibition is devoted to the art of the Aztec Empire itself from 1427 to its demise in 1521, with the largest gallery dedicated to a dramatic display centred around the Templo Mayor. The show also explores the long-term resonance of Aztec art and culture and aims to show how, following the arrival of the Spanish in 1519, the foundations of modern-day Mexico were laid. In addition to monumental sculptures in stone, wooden objects and ceramics, the exhibition reunites several of the most important pictorial manuscripts or codices. It also includes spectacular works of art made of turquoise mosaics, gold and other precious materials, of which only a small number have survived and are among the most exquisite objects ever made in the Ancient Americas.

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