Jean Henri Baradère’s luxurious in-folio publication Antiquités Mexicaines was first published in Paris in 1834 and can be considered as instrumental in the process of scientific and popular appropriation of Mexican cultural heritage in Europe. Showcasing documents and drawings from an earlier archaeological expedition, the publication opens with a dedication to the Mexican government. The first pages also include certificates of authenticity for the published material from both French and Mexican authorities and a letter from the Mexican president. This choice of documents adds a particular political interest to this monument to Mexican archaeology.
commented by Susana Stüssi Garcia