Mexican Painters

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Villalpando, San Ignacio en Tierra Santa, 1710, Museo Nacional del Virreinato.

Painting is one of the most ancient arts in Mexico. It is said that the oldest paint in America was found in a cave in Baja California. Aztecs and Mayans, painted on the walls of their temples and tombs. In Mayan culture one may find interesting paintings in Bonampak frescoes. The Baroque style was developed also in New Spain in its Colonial era; although, it incorporated Indian decorative motifs. Religious paintings intended for churches and portraits of aristocrats were the current subject in this Colonial era. From the XVI to the XVIII Century, Mexican painting played an important didactic role. Different European Schools during XIX and XX Century, had influence in Mexican painters. The Mexican Modernist School (and muralists) abandoned the solemn and detached art of Europe and instead embraced bold New World imagery full of color and human activity. [1]

Painters of New Spain

Miguel Cabrera, Virgen de la Luz

Some of the most important painters of the New Spain are:

Painters of Mexico

Sansón y Dalila (detail) by José Salomé Pina
Selfportrait by Juan Cordero.
Diego Rivera, 1949.

Some of the most important Mexican painters are:

Joaquin Clausell, Marina


See also

Nuestra Imagen Actual by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Chac, mayan codex.

External links

Remedios Varo, Exploration of the Source of the Orinoco River.
Las Vírgenes Locas, José Chávez Morado.
Rufino Tamayo, La Gran Galaxia