Saturday, October 25, 2008

"The Virgin of Guadalupe, and 'The New World' as Oxymoron"

Anonymous, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Patrona de la Nueva España. 18th century. Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe, Mexico City. Image found here.

Some of my official work while in Mexico City is beginning to bear a little preliminary fruit. Over at Domestic Issue, I've just posted something on the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe--specifically, its centrality to Mexican and, by extension, Hispanic identity, that was inspired by this--a painting we encountered completely by accident--and a couple of other paintings you'll see at that post. It's long and wonky, and it's less-than-smooth in places, but it's headed in a direction I feel good about.

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