Parution : Colors between two worlds : the Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún : [acts of a Conférence held at Villa i Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence 12-13 June 2008]

Colors between two worlds


Compte rendu

  • Favrot Peterson, Jeanette, “Gerhard Wolf and Joseph Connors, eds. Colors Between Two Worlds: The Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún”, CAA reviews, August 1, 2013. Disponible en ligne, url : <>.

Résumé de l’éditeur

For half a century the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun (1499–1590), often described as the first anthropologist of the New World, worked with his indigenous colleagues at the Collegio Imperial at Tlatelolco (now Mexico City) on an encyclopedic compendium of the beliefs, rituals, language, arts, and economy of the vanishing culture of the Aztecs. Colors Between Two Worlds examines the most richly illustrated manuscript of this great ethnographic work, the Florentine Codex, which is in the collection of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence, through the issue of color. The Codex reveals how the colors the Aztecs used in their artistic production and in everyday life, as well as the names they gave each color, illuminate their understanding of the world around them, from the weather to the curing of disease. The pigments and dyes that indigenous artists used to illustrate the Codex reflect a larger dialogue between native and European cultures, which the Florentine Codex records more fully than any surviving document from colonial New Spain. 


  • The colors of the Virgin of Guadalupe /​ Clara Bargellini
  • Mediceo Palatino 218-220 of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana of Florence /​ Ida Giovanna Rao
  • Painters of the new world : the process of making the Florentine codex /​ Diana Magaloni Kerpel
  • On the nature of the pigments of the General history of the things of New Spain : the Florentine codex /​ Piero Baglioni … []
  • In Nepapan Xochitl : the power of flowers in the works of Sahagún /​ Berenice Alcántara Rojas
  • Plants and colors in the Florentine codex /​ Salvador Reyes Equiguas
  • Sahagún’s Codex and book design in the indigenous context /​ Marina Garone Gravier
  • “Istoria della terra chiamata la nuova spagna” : the history and reception of Sahagún’s Codex at the Medici court /​ Lia Markey
  • The encoded language of herbs : material insights into the De la Cruz-Badiano codex /​ Sandra Zetina… []
  • Textile colors and colorants in the Andes /​ Elena Phipps
  • Local and imported colors : the Spanish maritime trade and the pigment supply in New Spain /​ Rocío Bruquetas Galán
  • The pigment trade in Europe during the sixteenth century /​ Louisa C. Matthew
  • The Venetian pigment trade in the sixteenth century /​ Roland Krischel
  • I saw it with my own eyes : the three illustrated manuscripts of colonial Peru /​ Thomas Cummins
  • Colors and cultures in the Andes /​ Gabriela Siracusano
  • Afterword : “Colors between two worlds : the Codice Fiorentino of Bernardino de Sahagún” /​ Francesco Pellizzi
  • Postface : Uncatchable colors /​ Alessandra Russo.

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Florence : Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut : Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
  • Date de parution : 2011
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XXI-483 p.) : ill. en noir et en coul., fac-sim., jaquette ill. en coul. ; 24 cm
  • Collection : (Villa I Tatti ; 28)
  • Bibliogr. p. [413]-460. Index
  • ISBN 9780674064621 (HUP). – ISBN 9788889854952 (OL) (rel.)


  • PARIS-BnF :
    – Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2012-59048
    – Richelieu – Manuscrits – magasin : 8-IMPR OR-19810
  • PARIS-Bib. Sainte Geneviève
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB
  • ROME-Ecole Française
  • TOURS-C.Et.Sup.Renaissance

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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 16 mai). Parution : Colors between two worlds : the Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún : [acts of a Conférence held at Villa i Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence 12-13 June 2008]. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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