The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Monday, October 31, 2011

La Catrina

Mexican Handcrafts of Guanajuato. Mexico
Popularized by José Guadalupe Posada, this Catrina is the skeleton of an upper class woman with large breasts and one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations, which occur during two days, November 1 and November 2, corresponding with the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Although these holy days have a long cultural history reaching into the prehistoric traditions of several European cultures, many aspects of the Mexican festival have indigenous origins in an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. After the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish superimposed their cultural traditions upon the similar Aztec festival and a synthesis occurred.
La Catrina, as it is commonly known, was a popular print in Posada's day, but soon faded from the popular memory. Along with the rest of Posada's prints, it was revived by French artist and art historian Jean Charlot shortly after the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s. La Catrina soon gained iconic status as a symbol of uniquely Mexican art and was reproduced en masse.
The image was incorporated into Diego Rivera's mural Dream of a Sunday in Alameda Park, which also includes images of his wife Frida Kahlo, Posada, and a self-portrait of Rivera. 


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PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous image Carraol, so nice to see where Aimee actually got her inspiration!! Thanks again for explaining this morning.

Sensaciones en Imagenes said...

Una imagen de lo mas apropiada para estas fechas.
Un abrazo.

Kate said...

Terrific post for today. Years ago I saw a beautiful statue of one of the Day of the Dead figures as a bride in full wedding finery. To this day I regret not buying it. Happy Halloween and most important, Día de los Muertos!

joo said...

All of them are superb! Very interesting post for today:)

Luis Gomez said...


Unknown said...

Con tu permiso voy a coger la idea de tu canción ..
Gracias por tu trabajo.

No se si el otro comentario entro, pero te dejo que me voy a tomar un reposado, jjj. VIVA LA VIDA.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Perfect post for the day. Mexican folk art is always so colorful, even when associated with death. Captivating.