Author Archives: Adrian

Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait – 1940

Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Frida Kahlo, 1940.               Frida Kahlo de Rivera (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. She lived from 1907 to 1954, and her work has been seen as a symbol of Mexican national and […]

Letter from Benito Juárez (1847)

              This letter dates from December 13, 1847 and is addressed to the Commander General of the Armaments of the State at the time from the future president of Mexico, Benito Juárez. After the efforts of liberal activists such as Juan Alvarez and Melchor Ocampo,  Antonio López de Santa Anna, […]

Zemi (ca. 1510-1515)

    Zemi, ca. 1510-1515. Taino   This work of art is known as a zemi, which is a sculptural object or deity among the Taino people, which were the indigenous people of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the Lesser Antilles (the Caribbean). It was created in the early 16th century, during the pre-Hispanic period, […]

Silver coin

Silver coin, Mexico City, 1806.    This coin was minted in 1806, toward the end of the  colonial period in Latin America and just before the Independence movement began.  It was made in Mexico City, which was one of three other primary mint locations, the other two being Lima and Potosi. Mints in all of […]