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José Clemente Orozco Mural

Jiquilpan

The Public Library of Jiquilpan is a treasure of the people for preserving the only mural by José Clemente Orozco where he expresses his vision and feelings about the Mexican Revolution. Known as the Alegoría de la Mexicanidad (Allegory of Mexicanity), the mural is part of the walls that were once a Guadalupan sanctuary. However, the Cristero War caused it to be closed and transformed into a library, which was intended to be the largest in the state of Michoacán.

José Clemente Orozco began his mural in 1940 and had the genius to draw much of it in gray scale to finish it off with a brightly colored scene on the main wall of the library. Thus, one can see horses advancing on the bodies of peasants, the execution of General Alvírez, the Homeland covering its head with a red shawl and mounted on a tiger. The look also catches the masses of peons and women wielding rifles, others falling down to the bullets of the militia. In short, he managed to capture what was experienced during the Mexican Revolution.

The mural covers almost all the nine panels that make up the walls of the library. The bronze doors that protect it open every day from 10:00 am. Entrance is free.
The Public Library of Jiquilpan is a treasure of the people for preserving the only mural by José Clemente Orozco where he expresses his vision and feelings about the Mexican Revolution. Known as the Alegoría de la Mexicanidad (Allegory of Mexicanity), the mural is part of the walls that were once a Guadalupan sanctuary. However, the Cristero War caused it to be closed and transformed into a library, which was intended to be the largest in the state of Michoacán.

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José Clemente Orozco began his mural in 1940 and had the genius to draw much of it in gray scale to finish it off with a brightly colored scene on the main wall of the library. Thus, one can see horses advancing on the bodies of peasants, the execution of General Alvírez, the Homeland covering its head with a red shawl and mounted on a tiger. The look also catches the masses of peons and women wielding rifles, others falling down to the bullets of the militia. In short, he managed to capture what was experienced during the Mexican Revolution.

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