The Mexican Masterpiece—A Casebook on Mexican Masterpieces

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A couple of weeks ago, the Huffington Post published an article on “seven Mexican masterpieces that defy definition.” One of these was Diego Rivera’s painting “The Children of Guadalupe,” which depicted a scene of Christ’s childhood that had come to be associated with Mexican independence.

The article quoted scholar David N. Harris, who explained that it’s really “novel to think of Diego Rivera as a Mexican revolutionary,” and he quoted poet and activist Gabriela Mistral, who called the painting “a symbol of the strength of the women who fought for Mexico’s freedom.”

The article referred to seven masterpieces that defy definition, all of them located in or around Mexico City. My question: Is this a record-smashing list? Can you name all the paintings that defy the definition?

Well, I’m proud to say that I have a list of seven masterpieces that defy definition. It is a record-smashing list of paintings that are more than paintings.

It is a book.

It is the first part of a series of books. The rest of the books will be on more than 150 more Mexican masterpieces. The first part of the book, which is called The Mexican Masterpiece—A Casebook on Mexican Masterpieces, was researched as part of my work as a graduate student in the M.A. program at the University of California, San Diego. The second part will be on Mexican masterpieces in the United States. The third will be on Mexican masterpieces in Latin America. The fourth will be on Mexican masterpieces in Europe and Asia. The fifth will be on Masterworks of Mexican Art—An Anthology (in Italian)—and the sixth and last book of the series will be on Mexican masterpieces in the United States.

I think the first list is the best. It has the greatest number of paintings that defy the definition. The second list has fewer. The third list has fewer, and the fourth list fewer even more. The

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