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The Life of Franz Mayer

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Franz Mayer in his Early Years

In 1905, Franz Mayer (1882-1975), a young German businessman, moved to Mexico City. There he became a successful stock broker and businessman, an financial advisor to government officials. Today his legacy to the people of Mexico and beyond lies in the outstanding art collection that he built in his lifetime, and the museum established by his estate after his death. He focused his collecting on Mexico's viceregal period, 1521 to 1821, when Mexico was a Spanish colony. While little is known about Franz Mayer's own life, his collection of paintings, sculptures, church objects, and furniture, ceramics, and other objects used in daily life, provide a marvelous window into the life of viceregal Mexico.



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