La Nuerte Niña

painting by Frida Kahlo

El difunto Dimas, 1937, painting by Frida Kahlo

La muerte niña or child death is the theme this year for the Day of the Dead exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.  La muerte niña has had a prominent place in Mexican history and visual arts. Celebrated as angelitos (little angels) deceased infants in Mexican tradition have enjoyed special and unique funeral rituals, including the pictorial memorialization. From painters in colonial times to Frida Kahlo and many other 20th century visual artists la muerte niña has captured the imagination of generations. A symbol of innocence, resurrection and renewal, la muerte niña is also a testimony of the multiple meanings of funeral rituals in Mexico and the complexity of the Day of the Dead festivities.


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