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Exhibition research for Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition of prints, drawings, and photographs, tentatively scheduled for 2019.

Contact: Clare Rogan, Curator of Prints & Drawings, crogan@dia.org    

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Calavera Huertista

Accession Number
1958/1.122

Title
Calavera Huertista

Artist(s)
José Guadalupe Posada

Artist Nationality
Mexican

Object Creation Date
circa 1910

Medium & Support
relief engraving on paper

Dimensions
8 9/16 in x 8 9/16 in (21.75 cm x 21.75 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm);16 5/8 in x 13 3/4 in (42.23 cm x 34.92 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
The skull in this image represents a calavera, a Mexican image traditionally seen in association with the Day of the Dead celebration. Posada often used this symbol for political and social satire.

Physical Description
This print shows a black and white skull on a hairy, insect-like body with a tail and six legs. The figure holds another skull in its right hand and a bone in its left hand. Other smaller skulls and bones surround the figure.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Araneae (order)
Insects
Reptiles and amphibians
death
modern and contemporary art
skeletons (animal components)
skulls (skeleton components)

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