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Maker(s):Rivera, Diego
Culture:Mexican (1886 - 1957)
Title:Market Scene
Date Made:1930
Materials:water based paint on plaster fresco mounted on cement
Place Made:Mexico
Measurements:panel: 49 x 39 1/8 x 3 in.; 124.46 x 99.3775 x 7.62 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated at lower right: Diego Rivera 30
Accession Number:  SC 1938.13.1
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Dwight W. Morrow (Elizabeth Cutter, class of 1896)

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segment of wall fresco showing a Mexican market with a woman and child squatting in foreground facing away from viewer, Spaniard at left bending toward woman and another woman at right bending toward child; woman; man; child; outdoor; vegetable

Label Text:
Market Scene is a movable fresco created by the artist after a detail from his monumental fresco program for the Palacio de Cortés, built by the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés, whose army subdued the Aztecs in a series of battles from 1519 until the fall of Tenochtitlan (present day Mexico City) in 1521. The panel shows an indigenous woman offering fish to a Spanish man, part of a larger scene illustrating the building of the Palacio de Cortés in 1533. Market Scene was commissioned by Mrs. Dwight W. Morrow as a birthday gift for her husband, who served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 1927 to 1930, and was later given by her to the museum. Mrs. Morrow, a member of the class of 1896, was an educator, author of poetry and children’s books, and philanthropist. She served as acting president of the college in 1939-40. Additional writing on this object can be found at
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