Tenochtitlan scene

From the exhibition:
Imagining Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to Colonial New Spain

New Mexico History Museum

Tenochtitlan scene from the Lienzo de Tlaxcala [Tlaxcala Codex], Lithograph c. 1892 (Genaro Lopéz, active 1890s)
Hernán Cortés’ most important allies were the Tlaxcalans, whose kingdom was entirely surrounded by Moctezuma II’s territories. The Lienzo de Tlaxcala, painted about 1550, tells the story of the Conquest from the point of view of the Tlaxcalans. In this scene, Cortés and Doña Marina speak with Moctezuma II, who visited the Spanish quarters in the capital of Tenochtitlan. Gifts of food were brought by the Aztec emperor and his lords.
Homenaje á Cristóbal Colón. (Antigüedades mexicanas); publicadas por la Junta colombina de México en el cuarto centenario del descubrimiento de América. Mexico City: Oficina tipográfica de la Secretaría de fomento, 1892. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library NMHM, John Bourne Collection 972 MexH

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