March 24th begins The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire at the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu. The following is from the Getty Villa’s website:
The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire explores the parallels between two great empires—the Aztec and the Roman. Celebrating the 2010 bicentennial of Mexican independence, the exhibition illuminates a dialogue between the New and Old Worlds that has shaped the modern contours of Mexico.
The exhibition includes masterpieces of Aztec sculpture from the collections of the National Museum of Anthropology and the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City, as well as the Florentine Codex, one of most valuable chronicles of Aztec history and culture, which returns to the Americas for the first time in more than four centuries.
While I prefer the Codex Borgia, written before the conquest, and unfortunately not in the exhibit, the Florentine Codex alone is worth a trek to the Getty Villa. It was created between 1575 and 1577 and documents the downfall of the Aztec empire due to European invasion. This codex was written after the invasion, and is more heavily European in content and style than codices written by the Aztecs themselves. Still, the history contained in this manuscript is important to see.
The exhibit runs through July 5, 2010.
The Getty Villa: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California 90272 (310) 440-7300