Pictorial sarape - ROM2015_14449_9

ROM2015_14449_9

Pictorial sarape

Medium:Wool weft and cotton warp tapestry
Geography: Probably Guadalupe, State of Zacatecas, Mexico
Date: 1940-1949
Dimensions:
281 x 118 cm
Object number: 2015.11.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view
Description

The early 20th-century saw the rise of the figurative sarape, tapestry-woven in Gobelin-style to show realistic scenes or portraits. This example celebrates the golden age of Mexican cinema. The protagonists, seen on horseback, are thought to be Jorge Negrete (1911-53) and Maria Félix (1914-2002). It offers a romanticized vision of rural life on the great haciendas (rural estates). Synthetic dyes, used to colour the wool wefts (horizontal threads), give enormous vivacity to the scene. Wool weft and cotton warp tapestry.

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