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The thundering skeleton of the modern bells

Artist:
José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851–1913)
Date:
1905
Medium:
Photo-relief and letterpress on orange paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 13/16 × 11 13/16 in. (40.2 × 30 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.46.282
Not on view
This print probably refers to the bells and clock that were installed in June 1905 in the tower of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City.
The cathedral is located in the Zócalo, the main plaza of the city, and symbolically stands at the heart of the nation. The verses relate the misdemeanors of people of different occupations, including Don Angel the pawnbroker and Rosita the shoemaker. The skeleton calls for these people to mend their behavior.
Inscription: Letterpress title across top: 'La tronante calavera / de las campanas modernas' followed by descriptions of each type of person. Along bottom of verso 'Propiedad de A. Vanegas Arroyo. - Imprenta, Calle de Santa Teresa núm. 1, - México. 1905'
Vendor: Jean Charlot (French, Paris 1898–1979 Honolulu, Hawaii)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.

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