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La Anunciación del Nahual / José Chávez Morado

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At first glance, this composition resembles scenes of the Annunciation of the Virgin, a Christian subject. The woman on the left also bears similarities to the Virgin Mary with her deep blue veil and white dress symbolizing purity, and a rounded belly that protrudes with child. However, Morado marries familiar Christian iconography with pre-Hispanic and indigenous cosmology. The imposing figure nearby represents a Nahual, a shape-shifting sorcerer rooted in Mexico’s ancient past but still a highly revered and feared entity in some communities today.

A primera vista, esta composición se asemeja a escenas de la Anunciación de la Virgen, un tema católico. La mujer del lado izquierdo también se parece a la Virgen María debido a su velo de azul profundo, su vestido blanco que simboliza la pureza, y un vientre redondo que indica un parto inminente. Sin embargo, Morado une la iconografía cristiana con la cosmología prehispánica. La cercana figura imponente representa un nahual (o nagual),

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Title(s): 
La Anunciación del Nahual; Annunciation of the Nahual
Creator(s): 
José Chávez Morado
Culture: 
Mexican
Date: 
1946
Materials/Techniques: 
oil on canvas
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
0147.2021
Previous Number(s): 
21097
Department: 
Signed, "Chaves Morado" in lower right on recto.
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