Asesinato del General Sandino detras del Viejo Campo de Aviacion

Accession Number

Asesinato del General Sandino detras del Viejo Campo de Aviacion

Armando Morales

Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

30 1/8 in. x 22 7/16 in. ( 76.5 cm x 57 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Subject matter
Asesinato del General Sandino detrás del Viejo Campo de Aviación shows the assasination of General Sandino who was the leader of the Nicaraugan rebel forces. The print is part of the series titled the Saga of Sandino.  While it is known that Sandino was killed in 1934, the exact method and location of his remains is unknown. The narrative presented in this print has previously not been put forward as a theory, but may be just a dramatic reimagining of what the event would have been like.

Similar to Goya's famous painting The Third of May 1808, Morales heightens the contrast of light and dark to add pathos. The illumination of the lamp on the soon to be executed men's faces makes them seem angelic compared to the unidentifiable executioners.


Physical Description
Three kneeling men are being executed by soldiers. The soldiers are wearing masks and holding guns.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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