The making of ancient Mexican pictorial codices by the Tlacuilo

6 June 2016 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Virginia Llado-Buisan, Head of Conservation & Collection Care


This talk will focus on the figure of the 'tlacuilo', or 'the one who writes by painting'. The 'tlacuilos' were painters, writers, and highly educated people, brought up from childhood to obtain extensive knowledge of the language, culture, religion, politics, and art in ancient Mesoamerica. They produced murals and documents such as mythological and historical manuscripts, genealogy and law books, and descriptions of religious rituals and ceremonies.

There are very few pre-Columbian or early Colonial pictorial manuscripts left in the world, and five of them are kept at Bodleian, which will be discussed during this talk. There will also be an opportunity to look at raw painting materials such as cochineal and Maya blue, used in the making of ancient pictorial codices.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Free events
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