Parution : The colors of the new world : artists, materials, and the creation of the Florentine codex

The colors of the new world


Diana Magalori Kerpel is professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Résumé de l’éditeur

In August 1576, in the midst of an outbreak of the plague, the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and twenty-two indigenous artists locked themselves inside the school of Santa Cruz de Tlaltelolco in Mexico City with a mission: to create nothing less than the first illustrated encyclopedia of the New World. Today this twelve-volume manuscript is preserved in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and is widely known as the Florentine Codex. A monumental achievement, the Florentine Codex is the single most important artistic and historical document for studying the peoples and cultures of pre-Hispanic and colonial Central Mexico. It reflects both indigenous and Spanish traditions of writing and painting, including parallel columns of text in Spanish and Nahuatl and more than two thousand watercolor illustrations prepared in European and Aztec pictorial styles. This volume reveals the complex meanings inherent in the selection of the pigments used in the manuscript, offering a fascinating look into a previously hidden symbolic language. Drawing on cutting edge approaches in art history, anthropology, and the material sciences, the book sheds new light on one of the world’s great manuscripts – and on a pivotal moment in the early modern Americas

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Los Angeles : Getty Research Institute
  • Date de parution : 2014
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XI-67 p.) : ill. en coul. ; 21 cm
  • Collection : (Getty Research Institute Council lecture ; 2014)
  • Note(s) : “The colors of the New World’ publishes Diana Magaloni Kerpel’s lecture of the same title, held at the Getty Center on 7 November 2013.” – Introductory essay by Cuauhtémoc Medina. – Bibliogr. p. 60-64. – ISBN 978-160606329-3 (br.)


  • PARIS-BnF :
    • Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2015-1251
    • Richelieu – Manuscrits – magasin : 8-IMPR OR-19923
    • Richelieu – Manuscrits – magasin : 8-IMPR OR-20212
  • PARIS-Ecole du Louvre
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB

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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 6 novembre). Parution : The colors of the new world : artists, materials, and the creation of the Florentine codex. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 30 mai 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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