La Tronante Calavera de las Campanas Modernas (The Thundering Skeleton of the Modern Bells) by José Guadalupe Posada - Davidson Galleries
José Guadalupe Posada

La Tronante Calavera de las Campanas Modernas (The Thundering Skeleton of the Modern Bells)

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Medium: Type-metal engraving
Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 11 inches (Sheet)
Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913
Publisher: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo
Condition: Full sheet broadside. Bottom right border trimmed.

Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"I am interested in any work featuring skeletons and skulls, and Posada is renowned for his skulls (calaveras). He was known for political satire and bringing news to the general public of Mexico, especially the illiterate. La Tronante Calavera... features Posada's iconic calaveras with the bell of the new (at the time) Metropolitan Cathedral in Zócalo. The humor of the piece comes from the text columns at the right which detail the misdemeanors of different people and scolds them for their bad behavior, including Lupita who sold her customers soap water (agua de jabón) in place of horchata (a rice milk beverage). The piece is all at once a window into a time, a window into Posada's ludicrous humor, and wonderful to look at."


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