Florentine Codex gives insight into Mexican culture

During the New World plague of the 16th century, a group of artists and intellectuals barricaded themselves in the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Santiago Tlaltelolco to produced the Florentine Codex, a massive encyclopedia handwritten in three columns and two languages. The work has been restored and digitized.

The 4,000-page Florentine Codex, including 2,686 colored images, is the property of the Laurentian Library in Florence, but will now be available to all scholars, especially Mexicans, whose culture is chronicled in the book.