As most people know the Day of the Dead is almost like that of Halloween, the only difference is that it not celebrating the tricks or treats. Instead the day is to celebrate your lost loved ones death, where ofrendas, “offerings” which is a table is set up covered with a tablecloth. On the table there are candles meant for our deceased relatives to find their way back home but only just for this one night. Now most of you are probably frighten and think that this is of a voodoo scene, it’s not that way at all, and it’s actually quite peaceful and special. We are simply honoring the memory of our ancestors and legend has it that it’s the night they came back from the dead. Nothing spooky right? Along with the candles we set up their favorite foods, favorite objects, and lastly the most important part a picture of them. Down below is a photo of how ofrendas should be.
If you notice closely to the background of this ofrenda, my most favorite painting is up. Here is a closer picture.
The artist was named José Guadalupe Posada. He is known for his most famous drawings of Calaveras Spanish word for skulls. What I like most of his drawings was that he brings humor into them. Most people define death a horrible thing, which I believe it can be but he brought back fun into life by making the skeletons look warm and inviting, after all we all turn into skeletons we all can’t be that scary. I like to look at art with the knowledge of what the background is about for example; this drawing is well known and used most in ofrendas because it basically symbolizes an ancestor coming back to “life” to visit their families. The picture reminded me of home because of its location, if you look closely to the background the statue is El Ángel de la Independencia, the angel of independence which is in Mexico City. Another reason to why I favored this drawing is the people within the drawing, again knowing the knowledge of art pieces before reading its description. The skeleton is walking along with his live husband to her right in behind her is Frida Kahlo, another well-known famous artist with her artistic husband Diego Rivera. To the skeleton’s left are the famous politicians and veterans to symbolize the Mexican revolution. What can I say, you teach a lot of Mexican culture in just one drawing or in this case my blog!:) here is a Fascinating link that I highly recommend that all you check it out and realized that our culture is our Art!
My questions to you are..
- Do you think death should be celebrated or mourned?
- I love learning new cultures, other than this Mexican tradition are there other cultures that do something similar to this holiday? Would you do this in your home?
- I told you my favorite parts in this picture what were your top two?
Artist: José Guadalupe Posada
By: Guadalupe Medina