A painting by Dalí

This is a bit outside the concerns of this blog, but not too far afield. While looking at some paintings by Salvador Dalí this morning I ran across this: The Virgin of Guadalupe (1959)

(click to enlarge the image; originally found at Virtual Dalí)

The Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, is not just an iconic figure in the Americas, she is also depicted as a mestiza. Dalí’s painting is an interesting fusion of Raphael and El Greco; his Virgin (who is holding an infant Jesus; the Mexican Virgin does now) appears to be a bit lighter-skinned than the image preserved in Mexico City. My first impression is that Dalí is reimagining her for a European audience: re-interracialized?

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