Saturday, December 4, 2010

Aztec Images and Jose Guadalupe Posada's Calaveras

In this image of a stone carving from the Museo de Antropologie in Mexico City we see some of the historical evidence from which Posada gathered inspiration for his calaveras. Hundreds if not thousands of such examples exist but the interesting thing is that calavera images really did not become "popular" until Posada's illustrations of calaveras were put out into the world through the printing press of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Artist Jean Chalot drew attention to Posada beginning in the 1920s-1930s and today with the popularization of calavera images Posada is growing beyond Mexican roots and into the global sphere. Fortunately, the only papers Posada's calaveras need are the papers they are printed on!

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