The work of George Kubler (1912–96) is of key importance for the historiography of Mexican art because, in a discipline that almost always refers to the European context for its methodological roots, he advanced theoretical positions founded in large part on his experience studying the pre-Columbian and viceregal art of Mesoamerica. His questions and conceptual observations are based on that research experience, and the ways in which he elaborated their implications led him to continually interrogate the limits of the art historical discipline and its modes of narration. His theoretical and methodological contributions allowed the aesthetic and art historical recognition of works outside the Western canon, and offered insight into how to describe the changing significance of forms and techniques in different political, cultural, and historical contexts.

I had the opportunity to study with Kubler during my first year...

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