Alberto McKelligan Hernandez
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors
Arts & Letters
Diego Rivera (1886-1957) -- Criticism and interpretation, Mexican mural painting and decoration -- Political aspects, Christianity and art, Renaissance painting, Art -- Political aspects
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.
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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.