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The Florentine Codex: A Treasure of Indigenous Mexican Culture

Presented in partnership with the American Indian Studies Center at the Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium

Thursday Nov 16, 5:30 pm


The 12-book Florentine Codex is an encyclopedia of Aztec knowledge written and illustrated by Aztec elders who worked with a Franciscan friar from Spain in the mid-16th century at the first European-style college founded in the Americas, in Mexico City. The twelfth book is an Aztec history of the Spanish-led invasion of Mexico. The 25,00-page codex was written in Nahuatl and translated into Spanish; the two texts appear side by side, along with more than 2,000 illustrations drawn and painted by Indigenous artists.

The public-facing UCLA event will include a demonstration of how to use a new, high-resolution digital version of the codex, made possible by the Getty Research Institute, and examine several fascinating aspects of the codex and its importance for future scholars of Indigenous history.

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Image courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence, and by permission of MiBACT

More information at the Latin American Institute website