Central America just a little while back with a fantastical spin that’s fun to look at. French. Jean-Frédéric Maximilien de Waldeck (Max de Waldek), artist. Living from around 1766 to 1875, he was also an antiquarian and cartographer. Exploring the Yucatan in the 1830’s, he came back and published a book with plates depicting what he found.

 

"Mexican general in of the time of Montezuma, 1508."
“Mexican general of the time of Montezuma, 1508.” ca. 1830’s. Pencil enhanced with watercolor on paper. Signed and numbered on the back. Image © Delon-Hoebanx Auctions, Paris and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/jean-frederic-maximilien-de-waldeck-1766-1875-47975923?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter
The artist carried in a sillero over the Chiapas from Palenque to Ocosingo, Mexico. ca. 1833.
The artist carried in a sillero over the Chiapas from Palenque to Ocosingo, Mexico. ca. 1833. Oil on wood panel. Part of a 2016 exhibition held at the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_artist_carried_in_a_sillero_over_the_Chiapas_from_Palenque_to_Ocosingo,_Mexico,_by_Johann_Friedrich_Waldeck,_French,_c._1833,_oil_on_wood_panel_-_Princeton_University_Art_Museum_-_DSC07048.jpg
"Reconstrucción ideal de una ceremonia prehispánica." 1820's. Oil on canvas.
“Reconstrucción ideal de una ceremonia prehispánica.” 1820’s. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museo Soumaya at Plaza Carso, Durango, Mexico. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:5912_Reconstrucci%C3%B3n_ideal_de_una_ceremonia_prehisp%C3%A1nica.jpg
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