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The Cultural Centre of Spain in Mexico City just launched a new exhibit featuring Aztec artifacts belonging to an ancient school. Archaeologists have revealed that the excavated school, known as the Calmecac, is thought to have been a place of education for the future of the Aztec elite. The Aztec youth were trained militarily and politically in the school to pursue lives of greatness and leadership. Students went on to become priests, governors, and fighters after leaving the Calmecac. Javier Gonzalez, the spokesperson for Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History explained, “So this was an institution where the children of nobility, generally speaking, were prepared to be future leaders and governors of Tenochtitlan or warriors.”

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Classical Head. 1898. Oil on canvas. 48.5 x 39.2 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Early drawing from Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Credit Rafael Coronel Collection, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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Ramon Gomez de la Serna was a Spanish writer, dramatist and avant-garde agitator. This famous cubist portrait of Ramon Gomez de la Serna, painted in 1915 by Diego Rivera, was lost without trace during the civil war but resurfaced to become the ‘property’ of a Mexican millionaire.

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