Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Magnificent murals in Queretaro!

Recently I was over in Queretaro, an hour drive from San Miguel de Allende.  The Plaza de Armas was beautifully landscaped and maintained. 
Also known as the Plaza de Independencia.  I loved the fountain in the center of the plaza with the four stone dogs.  
Just at the north end of the plaza, sits the former home of Dona Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and her husband Corregidor (Mayor) Don Miguel Dominguez.  Her husband became suspicious of her of being a trader and locked her in her bedroom.  She caught the attention of a loyal servant, Ignacio Perez, by tapping her heel of her shoe persistently on the floor.  She whispered her instructions through the keyhole of the locked door.  Perez alerted Juan de Aldama who then made his way to the near by town, Dolores, where he found Father Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende.  This was the beginning of the War of Independence. 

How fitting that this structure is now the Palacio del Gobierno and it now houses three magnificent murals by Victor Caudura Rojos depicting the story of the struggle for Independence.  The figures in the center, from left to right, are:  Guadalupe Victoria, Ignacio Allende, Miguel Dominguez, Miguel Hidalgo, Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez, Jose Maria Morelos and Vicente Guerro.   On the horse in the lower right hand corner is Augustin de Iturbide.  
It was in this same building where the message was sent to start the fight for independence.
The breaking of the chains and the eagle signifies the birth of a nation.
Victor Caudura Rojos painted with oils on slabs of red travertine marble.
You will find Maximilian of Haspburg and Carlotta, center, left. And notice in the center panel, the Masonic eye.  Even though there are several panels, your eye automatically completes the mural as one large panel.
The village people who faced the Royalist army were willing to fight and die for the cause.
The execution of Maximilian and his two generals, Miramon and Mejia. 
It was Venustiano Madero who opposed the system and started the revolution and Francisco Madero, the lawman, ending the revolution with the signing of the constitution.  Emiliano Zapata is to the right, the Revolutionary hero, with his slogan "Land and Liberty."
Art is an universal language - translated through the murals, the history of Mexico, beyond any language.
Queretaro was, has been and will be, part of that history of decisive events that shaped the country.

For more on the artist:

Victor Cauduro Rojas

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