unfantasmarecoreeuropa submitted to medievalpoc:
Christoph Weiditz´s Trachtenbuch
Weiditz was a german artist of the XVIth century at the service of the Habsburgs who dedicated a year painting the everyday of the people of the territories of Spain, including, Netherlands, Rousillon and the both Sicilies.
In his drawings we can see, among paintings of other spanish people without any reference to otherness, black people and moriscos.
He also painted some aztecs brought from Nueva España to the royal court, that are some of the first images known of aztec people drawn from life.
Hampe, Theodor. 1994 . Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance: All 154 Plates from the “Trachtenbuch.” New York: Dover Publications.
Massing, Jean Michel. 1991. “Early European Images of America: The Ethnographic Approach.” In Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration, Jay Levenson, ed., pp. 515-520. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art.
Ausgabe von Theodor Hampe: Das Trachtenbuch des Weiditz von seinen Reisen nach Spanien (1529) und den Niederlanden (1531/32). 1927
Andrea McKenzie Satterfield: The assimilation of the marvelous other: Reading Christoph Weiditz’s Trachtenbuch (1529) as an ethnographic document.
unfantasmarecoreeuropa's submission is so huge I have to break it up into a few posts!
This portion featuring Aztec or Méxica people is actually really interesting because it depicts various forms of gaming or contests. Gaming was a very popular topic for many Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Examples include The Golf Book, so called because of the miniature depicting a game of golf; and Alfonso El Sabio’s Book of Games (El Libro de los Juegos), dating from the 13th century and also features many illustration of people of color.