ARHI 20801: Intro to Precolumbian Mexico
Instructor: Michael Schreffler
This course explores the art and architecture of the Aztecs, the Maya, and their predecessors in Mesoamerica — a region that encompassed the territories of the modern nations of Mexico and Central America. It begins with an examination of the art of the Olmec, a culture that flourished around 1500 BC, and ends with a study of the built environment of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, in the early-sixteenth century. The course foregrounds the rich collection of pre-Columbian art from Mesoamerica in the Snite Museum.