Mexican Identity Through the Eyes of Diego Rivera

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John G. Homan

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Diego Rivera's murals are important to the national identity of the Mexican people as a whole because of their didactic influence in a historical and social context. Through these images Rivera introduced new concepts of self-determination and a feeling of national pride into the collective unconscious where shame and low selfesteem had been the norm before. While his art may be dominated by Marxist symbolism, he taught timeless truths and celebrated the unique mixture that La Raza brings to our world.

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