The great pantheon of love

José Guadalupe Posada Mexican
Publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo Mexican

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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.

The great pantheon of love, José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851–1913), Type-metal engraving and letterpress on green paper

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