Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    786305
    TITLE
    El Antiguo manicomio de San Pedro y San Pablo ha quedado convertido en un edificio escolar
    IN
    El Universal : El gran diario de México (México, D. F., México). -- Jun. 30, 1923.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 8 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "El Antiguo manicomio de San Pedro y San Pablo ha quedado convertido en un edificio escolar." El Universal: El gran diario de México (Mexico City), June 30, 1923.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This article mentions the forthcoming opening of the Escuela n° 6 de la Secretaría de Educación Pública [Ministry of Public Education’s School No. 6] that will be attended by President Álvaro Obregón (1920-24). The building that was once the home of the Colegio de San Gregorio—and would subsequently be put to many other uses—has two large patios whose walls were painted by Dr. Atl. According to the article, on the day before the opening the artist toured the site in the company of journalists to discuss his murals. The article is illustrated with a photograph of a section of “El titán” [The Titan]. Dr. Atl describes the architecture and the sculpture in both patios. 

Annotations

The mural paintings by Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl (1875-1964)), which included a number of oceanic references and landscapes, were called La bella furia del mar [The Beautiful Fury of the Sea]. The paintings were begun in 1921, when commissioned by the Minister of Public Education, José Vasconcelos. Ever since the days of the Academy under the Porfirio Díaz regime, Dr. Atl had been a passionate promoter of a Mexican mural movement. His ideals in those days, however, as seen in his work at San Pedro and San Pablo, were expressed with a symbolist brush. The sculptural, monumental quality of his figures is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s nudes that Atl himself admired and considered to be good examples to follow. In general terms, his compositions expressed the elements and the forces of nature. 

Researcher
Diana Briuolo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit

Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional