Annual Art History Lecture

Monday, February 5, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
TANG Somers
Event Type
Art History

Annual Faculty Lecture, Department of Art History

Title: Sacred Matter, Art, and Imperial Identity in Aztec Tenochtitlan

In the pre-Columbian era of Mexico, devotional objects served to reinforce existing cultural systems while simultaneously shaping the overarching aesthetic narrative.  This presentation will explore how deity effigies and ritual performers in Aztec Tenochtitlan helped to shape a sense of cultural identity and memorialized the myths of the empire.  Together we will explore how the visual systems employed by the city-states of central Mexico used sacred images as an active part of an imperial program designed to pull the periphery to the capital and position the Aztecs as the divinely sanctioned conquers of Mesoamerica.

black background with a sculpture from ancient mexico

Get Directions
Event Date
Event Time