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A Guide to Mexican Art, a survey of more than twenty centuries of art, has a double purpose. It provides an ample version of one of the great national arts by a leading art historian, and it serves simultaneously as a practical guide to the art's outstanding masterpieces. The Guide will thus be of value to specialists and students of Latin American art and to sightseers as an introduction and guide to the art and architecture of Mexico. To facilitate its use for the latter purpose, Professor Fernández has based his exposition on the sensitive analysis of works to be found almost exclusive in museums and public buildings accessible to the tourist.
The book was originally published in Spanish in 1958 and revised in 1961. This English translation, from the second edition has been brought up to date by the author and translator.
List of Illustrations Introduction
1. Ancient Indigenous Art The Art of Western Mexico Preclassic Art of the Central Plateau The Art of Eastern Mexico Mayan Art Teotihuacan Art Toltec Art Zapotec and Mixtec Art Aztec Art Summary Selected Bibliography
2. The Art of New Spain Medieval-Renaissance Art Franciscan Monasteries Dominican Monasteries Augustinian Monasteries Open Chapels Civil Architecture Sculpture and Painting City Planning Baroque Art Cathedrals Churches and Chapels Civil Architecture Sculpture and Painting Neoclassical Art Ecclesiastical Architecture Civil Architecture Sculpture and Painting Engraving Summary Selected Bibliography
3. Modern Art Romantic Art Academic and Popular Painting Sculpture Architecture Graphic Art Modernism Painting Graphic Art Summary Selected Bibliography
4. Contemporary Art Mural and Easel Painting Mosaics Sculpture Graphic Art Civil Architecture Ecclesiastical Architecture Folk Art Summary Selected Bibliography Illustrations Chronology Index