Infinitas Gracias: Contemporary Mexican Votive Painting Alfredo Vilchis Roque

ISBN: 9782020618618

Published: August 24th 2004

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254 pages


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Infinitas Gracias: Contemporary Mexican Votive Painting  by  Alfredo Vilchis Roque

Infinitas Gracias: Contemporary Mexican Votive Painting by Alfredo Vilchis Roque
August 24th 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 254 pages | ISBN: 9782020618618 | 8.72 Mb

Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes disturbing, this astonishing collection of contemporary votive paintings provides a glimpse into the popular Catholic culture of modern-day Mexico. Votives, objects given as an offering of thanks to a deity, are an integral part of Mexican Catholicism: when the faithful wish to demonstrate gratitude for a having prayer granted, they sometimes commission a painting to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary or a saint.

Here is a provocative collection of the works of contemporary painter Alfredo Vilchis Roque and his three sons, from the 1930s to the present. These paintings give surprising thanks for situations ranging from drug addiction to earthquakes, Mexican wrestling to adultery, prostitution to September 11th. The artworks are accompanied only by translations of the words of thanks that appear on them in Spanish.

Through these stirring votive paintings, we gain a glimpse of the hardships of life in contemporary Mexico.



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