Moonlight, Uxmal Ruins

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This is one of the first picturesque vistas produced in the Americas to use the specific term, “sublime,” in its description: “The short period to which I was, unfortunately, restricted in the examination of these sublime ruins . . . A moonlight scene from the Governor’s House is one of the most enchanting sites I have ever witnessed.” The word has powerful connotations in the Romantic period, being one of the central concepts associated with the powerful emotional experience of viewing the picturesque landscape, and by extension the landscape of Mexico.