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Artist Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886–1957)
Title Danzante
Date 1947
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 59 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (151.1 x 125.7 cm)
Framed: 60 3/4 × 50 5/8 × 2 1/16 in. (154.3 × 128.6 × 5.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Samuel and Cecyle Stone, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 78.30

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This portrait depicts Don Jésus Robles, who worked for Rivera at his home in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán. Robles’ feathered headdress and armadillo-shell lute identify him as a conchero, a member of a religious society dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican dance, music, and costume. Here, Robles is dressed for a concheros dance performed on December 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint. The bold, bright colors and clearly delineated composition highlight Rivera‘s skills as a mural painter. At the time he painted Danzante, Rivera was also occupied with his mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda, a commission from the Hotel del Prado in Mexico City.

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"Danzante | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.