|© Richard D. Perry. click to enlarge|
This is a classic example of how a traditional "grotesque" foliated border, taken from an Italian or Flemish book illustration of the period, has been enlarged and "Mexicanized" by 16th century indigenous artists, to include native birds, fruits, flowers and foliage in a dramatic, more stylized composition.
|remnant frieze in Huitzo refectory|
|grotesque jamb relief (Atotonilco de Tula)|
text & images © 1992 & 2014 Richard D. Perry
*Look for our forthcoming guide to Mexico's early colonial murals.