Orozco’s Epic

On view in Dartmouth’s Baker Library, José Clemente Orozco’s extraordinary mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization (1932–34) is accessible during library hours. Museum holdings include hundreds of preparatory drawings.

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The Epic of American Civilization, created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934, is an extensive mural cycle depicting the history of the Americas from the Aztec migration into Mexico to the industrialization of modern society.

Located in the Orozco Room in Baker Library, the 24 panels comprising the mural cover nearly 3,200 square feet of wall space. One of Orozco’s finest creations and one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, the mural was designated a national historic landmark in 2013.

The Orozco Room was made possible by the Manton Foundation, whose generosity provides perpetual support for the preservation, understanding, and awareness of the Orozco mural.

About the Mural

Download Orozco at Dartmouth: The Epic of American Civilization (pdf)

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Location: Orozco Room, Lower level of Baker Library, Dartmouth College Campus, Hanover, NH

Photographs of the mural may be taken for personal use only. Flash photography is not permitted.

Tours of the mural are provided free of charge by the Hood Museum. To arrange adult or school tours, please contact the Hood Tour Coordinator or phone (603) 646-1469 at least one month in advance of the tour date requested. Get more information about the museum’s school programs.

Digital Resources

Dartmouth Digital Orozco
View a full-screen panoramic image of the The Epic of American Civilization and examine preparatory drawings in context. The site includes in-process documentary photographs as well as essays by Dartmouth students who have taken in courses on Orozco and Mexican art.

For more information, read the related article or the press release (pdf).

Dartmouth Digital Orozco was produced by the Hood Museum of Art in collaboration with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Funding was generously provided by the Class of 1960, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.

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José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Negroes (Negros colgados, Hanged Black Men), from the portfolio The Contemporary Print Group: American...
1933
2007.57.6
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
The Elevated
1928
2013.38
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Forest
not dated
2013.72.12
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Man on Horse (Study for "Combat")
about 1940
2013.72.13
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Ballet y Máscaras (Ballet and Masks)
1945
2013.72.14
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Clowns
1945
2013.72.15
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Two Figures
about 1945
2013.72.16
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
The Requiem (alternate titles: El Réquiem; Requiem; Velorio)
1928
2014.54
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
La Retaguardia (Rear Guard)
1929
2015.1.1
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Teatro de Variedades en Harlem (Vaudeville in Harlem)
1928
2015.1.2
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of native in profile, Study for Migration (Panel 1) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.10
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Coming of Quetzacoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.13
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Head of Huehueteotl for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.14
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American Civilization,
1932-1934
2016.32.15
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American Civilization,
1932-1934
2016.32.15
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American Civilization,
1932-1934
2016.32.15
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American Civilization,
1932-1934
2016.32.15
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Two Heads of Indigenous Figures in Profile for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The...
1932-1934
2016.32.16
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Three Pairs of Hands for the Pre-Columbian Golden Age (Panel 6) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.17
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Three Pairs of Hands for the Pre-Columbian Golden Age (Panel 6) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.17
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Two Fists for The Pre-Columbian Golden Age (Panel 6) for The Epic of American Civilization,...
1932-1934
2016.32.18
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Native for The Departure of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 7) for The Epic of American Civilization,...
1930-1934
2016.32.19
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of the Rebel for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.1
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Cortez for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.21
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Cortez for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.21
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Cortez for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.21
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Cortez for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.21
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Head of Teacher for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.22
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Unknown Soldier for Modern Human Sacrifice (Panel 17) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.25
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Unknown Soldier for Modern Human Sacrifice (Panel 17) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.25
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Unknown Soldier for Modern Human Sacrifice (Panel 17) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.25
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Unknown Soldier for Modern Human Sacrifice (Panel 17) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.25
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Right foot of Christ figure for Modern Migration of the Spirit (Panel 18) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.26
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Right foot of Christ figure for Modern Migration of the Spirit (Panel 18) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.26
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Right foot of Christ figure for Modern Migration of the Spirit (Panel 18) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.26
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Right foot of Christ figure for Modern Migration of the Spirit (Panel 18) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.26
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand Holding Spear for Ancient Human Sacrifice (Panel 3) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.27
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand Holding Spear for Ancient Human Sacrifice (Panel 3) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.27
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand Holding Spear for Ancient Human Sacrifice (Panel 3) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.27
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand Holding Spear for Ancient Human Sacrifice (Panel 3) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.27
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Left Hand for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.28
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Left Hand for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.28
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Skeleton of Fetus in Profile for Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.29
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Skeleton of Fetus in Profile for Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.29
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Headdress of Xipe Totec for The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.2
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of standing figures for The Epic of American Civilization, 1932-1934
1932-1934
2016.32.30
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of standing figures for The Epic of American Civilization, 1932-1934
1932-1934
2016.32.30
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of standing figures for The Epic of American Civilization, 1932-1934
1932-1934
2016.32.30
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Men Standing for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.31
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Men Standing for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.31
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Head of Teacher for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.33
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Studies of parts of a fetal skeleton for Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.3
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of fetal skeleton for The Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.4
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of fetal skeleton in profile for Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.5
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of fetal skeleton, front view for The Gods of the Modern World (Panel 15) for The Epic of American...
1932-1934
2016.32.6
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Geometric forms, study for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.7
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Geometric forms, study for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.7
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Ship and Anchor for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.8
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Migration (Panel 1) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.9
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Migration (Panel 1) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.9
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Migration (Panel 1) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.9
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Migration (Panel 1) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
2016.32.9
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Departure of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 7) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1932-1934
d.978.19
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Machine Image II (Panel 10) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.100
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Decorative Vertical Form for Machine Image II (Panel 10) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.101
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Machine Image II (Panel 10) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.102
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Machine Image II (Panel 10) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.103
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Departure of Quetzalcoalt (Panel 7) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.104
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Ships for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.105
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Kneeling Figure for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.106
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.107
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.108
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of lower half, Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.109
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Foot for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.110
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Feet for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.111
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.113
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.114
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Cortez and the Cross (Panel 11) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.115
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Cortez on the Cross (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization.
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.116
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Machine (Panel 12) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.117
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for The Machine (Panel 12) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.118
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Gears and Girders for The Machine (Panel 12) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.119
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.121
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Figures for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.122
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.123
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of School Teacher's Arm for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.124
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.125
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.126
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Children for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.127
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Children for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.128
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand and Figure for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.129
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Child's Hand for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.130
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Anglo-America plus sketch on reverse (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.131
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Figure for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.132
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Female Head for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.133
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Hand with Book for Anglo-America (Panel 13) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.134
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of lower right figure for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.135
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
1932-1934
d.988.52.136
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.137
José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949
Study of Head for Hispano-America (Panel 14) for The Epic of American Civilization
about 1930-1934
d.988.52.138