The Epic of American Civilization: The Coming of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 5)

José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949




Overall: 125 1/2 × 205 in. (318.8 × 520.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College



Place Made: Mexico, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


On view


Signed, east wall (Panel 11): J. C. Orozco / Febrero 13, 1934

Course History

ARTH 63.01/LACS 48.01, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Fall 2022

ARTH 63.01/LACS 48.01, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Fall 2022

ARTH 63.01/LACS 48.01, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Fall 2022

ARTH 63.01/LACS 48.01, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Fall 2022

ARTH 63.01/LACS 48.01, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Fall 2022

GEOG 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2022

WRIT 2.06, Composition and Research I, Doug Moody, Fall 2022

Writing Program 5.08, Reviewing Ourselves: Critical Writing and Personal Values, Bill Craig, Winter 2023

Latino Studies 37.01, Migrant Lives and Labor, Doug Moody, Spring 2023

Geography 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Public Art, Reserve Corridor, Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1934.

Publication History

Neil Baldwin, Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God, New York: Public Affairs, 1998, ill. pp. 154-155

series Mexican Art Abroad, Mexico: Grupo Azabache, September 1994.

Video series "Myths of Mankind", The Netherlands: Netherlands Public Television (AVRO), 1997.

Carl Stecher, Searching for a Lost God, Sextant, Volume VIII, No. 1, 1998, Salem: Salem State College, 1998, ill. p. 24

Katharine Baetjer, Lisa Mintz Messinger, Nan Rosenthal, The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997, ill. p. 76

Professor Senzoku, Expressions of New History of World Art Series, Volume 26, Tokyo: Shogakukan Inc., 1995, ill. p.323.plaate 197

Desmond Rochfort, Mexican Muralists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, Singapore: Laurence King Publishing, 1993, pp.99-119, ill. p. 103

Master Works of Mexican Art in the World, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute Matias Romero for Diplomatic Studies, 1993

Stephen Polcari, Orozco and Pollock: Epic Transfigurations, American Art, Summer, 1992, Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1992, pp. 37-57, ill. p. 51.

Carlos Fuentes, The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World, Boston, New York, London: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992, ill. p.135.

Yoshio Makabe, Shukan Bijutsukan (The Weekly Museum): Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tokyo: Shogakukan, Inc., 2000, ill. p. 28

Sino Masao, Art of the 20th Century, Tokyo, Japan: Bijutsu shuppan-sha c/o Art Mall Inc., October 2000 (Japanese publication).

Editorial Clio, Orozco segun Orozco, (Video-in Spanish), Delagacion Coyoacan, Mexico: Editorial Clio, 1998, approx. 43 minutes.

The Getty Conservation Institute, Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas [Symposium Brochure], Los Angeles, California: Getty Publications, May 16-17, 2003, 6 pp., detail on cover, full reproduction on inside.

Marjorie L. Harth, Jose Clemente Orozco: Prometheus, Pomona, California: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2001, pp. 39-45, ill. p. 41, fig. 25.

Angela L. Miller, Janet C. Berlo, Bryan J. Wolf and Jennifer L. Roberts, American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity, London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008, 685 pp., ill. p. 523.

Nichola Tucker, The Epic of American Civilization as Performative Epic: Student Viewers as Heroes and the Re-Enactment of History, The Collegiate Journal of Art, Spring 2008, Volume IV, 2008, pp. 97-110, ill. p. 100, fig. 3.

Jose Clemente Orozco: Pintura y verdad, Jalisco, Mexico: Instituto Cultural Cabanas, 2010, pp.166-181, ill. p.170.

Art New England: Contemporary Art and Culture, Volume 31, Number 3, 2010, p. 57, ill.

Mary K. Coffey, Sharon Lorenzo, Lisa Mintz Messinger, Stephen Polcari, Men of Fire, Jose Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2012, ill. p. 52; p. 6, fig. 18; p.24, fig. 45.

Elizabeth L. Langhorne, Jackson Pollock: Kunst als Sinnsuche: Abstraktion, All-Over, Action Painting, Wallerstein: Hawel-Verlag, 2013, 468 pp., ill. p. 40.

Barbara Haskell, Vida Americana, Mexican Muralist Remake American Art, 1925-1945, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2020, ill. pp. 176-177, fig. 5.

Warren Carter, ed., Art after Empire: From Colonialism to Globalisation, Manchester: Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, 2018, pp. 84-89, ill. p. 86, fig. 2.23

Robert Storr, "At the Thresholds of Taste and the Frontiers of Art", in Writings on Art 2006–2021, London: HENI, 2021, pp. 187-195, ill. p. 200.


Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1932.

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