Style and Substance, or Why the Cacaxtla Paintings Were Buried

  title={Style and Substance, or Why the Cacaxtla Paintings Were Buried},
  author={Claudia Brittenham},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  pages={135 - 155}
Cherished from the moment of creation through the moment of burial and beyond, painting was the most prominent and the most prized art form at the Central Mexican city of Cacaxtla between a.d. 650 and 950. Murals articulated a vision of the Cacaxtla polity, depicting its most memorable triumphs, its social and economic foundations, and the sacred cosmovision that sustained its inhabitants. The distinctive style of these paintings was as important as their content in crafting a visible history… 
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