The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, on view at the Getty Villa from March 24 through July 5, 2010.
Celebrating the bicentennial of Mexican independence, The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, on view at the Getty Villa from March 24 through July 5, 2010, represents the J. Paul Getty Museums first display of antiquities from outside the ancient Mediterranean as well as the first exhibition on the Aztec empire to be organized in Los Angeles. Masterworks of Aztec sculpture, largely from the collections of the Museo Nacional de Antropología and the Museo del Templo Mayor in Mexico City, are the point of departure for this exploration of the monumental art of empire. The Aztec Pantheon explores the linkages between two great empires - the Aztec and the Roman. Celebrating the 2010 bicentennial of Mexican independence, the exhibition illuminates a dialogue between the Americas and Europe that has shaped the modern contours of Mexico. The exhibition includes masterpieces of Aztec sculpture from the collections of the Museo Nacional de Antropología and the Museo del Templo Mayor in Mexico City, and for the first time in four centuries, the Florentine Codex, one of the most valuable chronicles of Aztec history and culture, returns to the Americas. The full interactive and detailed exhibition information can be found http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/aztec The J. Paul Getty Museum1200 Getty Center DriveLos Angeles, CA 90049