Alberto McKelligan Hernandez
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors
Arts & Letters
This study compares two of Rivera’s fresco mural paintings; Liberation of the Peon (1923) at the Secretaria de Educación Publica building in Mexico City, Mexico, and Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1930 located at Palacio de Cortés in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to two Renaissance Christian paintings to highlight the similar use of Christian iconography. This analysis argues that although groundbreaking in style, Rivera’s art relied heavily on Christian iconography that not only came from his own background of knowledge, but also enabled him to speak to the people of Mexica in a time when they relied heavily on his art to tell the story of the Mexican Revolution.
Keywords: Diego Rivera, Mexican Muralism, Art History, Art Analysis, Muralism, Mural art, Iconography, Christian Iconography
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Amaro, Rachel Renee, "The Significance of Christian Iconography in Communist Mexican Muralism of Diego Rivera." (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1015.