Native Painters of an European Book

Complex origins of the pictorial content of the Primeros Memoriales


  • Katarzyna Granicka University of Warsaw



Aztecs, Nahuas, New Spain, Bernardino de Sahagún, Primeros Memoriales, pictographic manuscritps, veintena, festivals, rituals


The analysis of the pictorial content of the veintena section of Fray Bernardino de Sahagún’s Primeros Memoriales may lead to new conclusions about the artists and the process of creating these illustrations. Comparing the illustrations with the description of the festivals in the Primeros Memoriales and the Florentine Codex, identification of scenes and persons and their attributes depicted in the illustrations may also shed interesting light on the affiliation of the manuscript, whose provenance is still under discussion.


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Author Biography

Katarzyna Granicka, University of Warsaw

Is a PHD student at the Warsaw University, the faculty of “Artes Liberales.” She dedicated her master’s thesis to the analysis of the veintena section of the Primeros Memoriales. Currently she is preparing the critical edition of the bilingual (Nahuatl-Spanish) Dominican doctrine from 1548 and investigating the creation of the Christian vocabulary in nahuatl in the early stages of contact. She also participates in the Justyna Olko’s project “Language Encounters between the Old and New Worlds: Language as the medium of cross-cultural transfers in early New Spain.”


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How to Cite

Granicka, Katarzyna. 2015. “Native Painters of an European Book: Complex Origins of the Pictorial Content of the Primeros Memoriales”. Politeja 12 (6 (38):87-95.

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