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Lee Frank Art History Lecturer - Daniela Bleichmar
Start Date: 4/7/2016Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/7/2016

Event Description:

Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, USC

work examines the history of visual culture and the natural sciences in Europe and the Spanish Americas in the period between 1500–1800; focusing on the intersection of science and art.


"The Legible Image: Translating Pictorial Knowledge in Early Colonial Mexico."

What were the meanings and possibilities of drawing in Mexico City shortly after the conquest? This talk will examine the manufacture of the Codex Mendoza, a pictorial manuscript about Aztec history and life created in Mexico City around 1542, in order to investigate the ways in which images and words from both European and American traditions worked to produce and communicate knowledge in this cross-cultural context. Combining elements from both Mesoamerican and European bookmaking traditions, the Codex Mendoza was a new type of colonial object created through multiple translations and interpretations: from image into word, from Nahuatl into Spanish, from oral narrative into written language, and from indigenous traditions into colonial interpretations. Nahuas and Spaniards collaborated to produce this manuscript book while holding very different understandings about the meaning and epistemic possibilities of images and of their relationship to words.


The lecture is sponsored by the Art History department, and graciously endowed by the family and friends of Lee Frank '21.

For more information, contact Derek Burdette at

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center
Room: Cinema
Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 495-8358
Open To
The Public

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