The Conquest of Mexico Paintings

The Conquest of Mexico paintings are significant both artistically and historically. Painted in the seventeenth century, the eight detailed canvases tell the story of the 1521 Spanish conquest of the native Aztec people. These images highlight battles between the Spanish and the Aztecs, ceremonial encounters of the Spanish conquistador with the emperor Moctezuma, and other pivotal historic moments. The series ends with the dramatic Conquest of Tenochtitlán (the capital of the Aztec civilization, now Mexico City) and the capture of the last Aztec king.

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