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The great pantheon of love

Artist:
José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851–1913)
Publisher:
Antonio Vanegas Arroyo (1850–1917, Mexican)
Date:
ca. 1910–15
Medium:
Photo-relief and letterpress on green paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 3/4 × 11 13/16 in. (40 × 30 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.46.307
Not on view
From the 1880s Posada made prints of calaveras (skeletons) that he circulated through broadsheets. They depict skeletons dancing, playing instruments, and illustrating rhyming ballads (corridos) and stories about love affairs printed on brightly colored paper to be sold by street vendors in markets, on the street, and at festivals. They were designed as a vehicle for telling stories to the masses. This print addresses themes of love and romance. Each of the twelve compartments contains an image and a short verse on a romantic subject such as a lovers’ tiff.
Inscription: Letterpress title across top : 'El gran panteon amoroso' followed by descriptions of beneath each scene and along bottom 'México, - Imprenta de Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, Calle de Santa Teresa número 1.'
Vendor: Jean Charlot (French, Paris 1898–1979 Honolulu, Hawaii)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," December 4, 2000–February 25, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.

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