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Folding Screen Portraying the Conquest of Mexico and a View of Mexico City

Anonymous Oil on Canvas
New Spain
Late seventeenth century
213 x 550 cm

This side of the screen shows the streets, aqueducts, houses and public buildings of Mexico City. This image presents Mexico City as the cornerstone of the Kingdom of New Spain and testifies to the effectiveness of local government. To the Mexicans of Spanish descent, this scene represented the new order their ancestors imposed on the city.

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