José Guadalupe Posada Print Collection ➔ Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos (Our Lady of San Juan of the Lakes)
Height: 16 in
Width: 12 in
The title, "Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos" means "Our Lady of San Juan of the Lakes". The image is in black and white with a border, and is double sided.
Front: The Lady of San Juan takes the center of the image wearing a cape and dress that is covered in flowers. She wears a crown with a large halo around her head. There are four children's faces in the space around it. She stands in the clouds. Below her is the title.
Back: The title is divided into two parts. The top part has the title "Devota Visita a Nuestra Señora de San Juan de Los Lagos" which means "Devout Visit to Our Lady of San Juan of the Lakes". There are four columns of text below. In the bottom section there is the image of a cathedral in the center of town and buildings around it, all facing an inner garden that has paths leading to a small center building. There are mountains around it, and text all above it.
Posada is a Mexican engraver and lithographer best known for his "calaveras", which often assume various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Calavera of the Female Dandy", which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death, however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the "Day of the Dead". He started out making comics for a local Mexican newspaper in Aguascalientes called "El Jicote" (The Bumblebee), which was discontinued after one of his comics severely offended a powerful politician.