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 College: Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College



North America, Mexico


20th century

Object Name




On view


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

Course History

Manton Foundation Annual Orozco Lecture: Jose Clemente Orozco and the Epic of ‘Greater America‘, Spring 2019

Exhibition History

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

Publication History

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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

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