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Diego Rivera Created the Mexican Revolution Plastic Myth
Historian Salvador Rueda during his conference. Photo: DMC INAH/M. Marat.

MEXICO CITY.- Diego Rivera was the creator of the Mexican Revolution plastic myth, parting from adaptation of some biblical scenes already painted during Italian Renaissance declared historian Salvador Rueda Smithers, remarking this was the way the artist used to divulgate Mexican History around the world, mainly Zapatism.

The tenths of mural paintings captured I different precincts were the way the artist born in Guanajuato decided to use to wave national story with original myths and religious pictorial lexicon to reach people raised in the Christian tradition and explain them the influence of the Revolution, declared the specialist at the Permanent Seminar on Iconography that takes place at El Carmen Museum.

At the academic forum organized by the The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) the director of the National Museum of History “Castillo de Chapultepec” mentioned that Rivera did not want to reflect a Catholic vision of the world but the Christian vision as mythic fundament of western civilization.

“Rivera was a fanatic of Renaissance, layman mythographer of Mexicanity, mythomaniac at his discretion, catholic who wore the heretic and renegade costume, Rosicrucian and Communist militant, nationalist Panegyric activist, and an artist compromised with art”, declared Salvador Rueda.

In the mural “El abrazo y campesinos” painted on a wall at the Public Education Ministry (SEP), shows the same pictorial composition and meaning as Giotto di Bondone’s “Entry into Jerusalem” to refer to the struggle of workers and peasants that would make a better country.

“Diego Rivera was one of the main promoters of Zapatist iconographic memoir after the armed movement ended; throughout his artistic career he made several paintings of Zapata and his armed movement”, remarked Rueda, pointing out that we cannot know for sure if Rivera supported the Revolution or Zapatism.

“He said that he did, and he was at the brink of being executed for saying so, and told some anecdotes about how he related to Zapatists. Nevertheless, I’m not quite sure he really did, because he tended to exaggerate things”.

Mexico | Diego Rivera | The National Institute of Anthropology and History |

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