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    Michelangelo’s first famous piece of art was his sculpture of Mary and Jesus, otherwise known as Piet¬¬à. It was made in 1500 CE, and during this time it was very rare to see multi-figured sculptures. Made from one single piece of marble and standing at 5’8/12” (1.74 m) this piece of art is truly a masterpiece. This piece made Michelangelo famous for many reasons, at the young age of 25 he was already set out to be one of the greatest artists not only of his time but of all time, because of his work, Piet¬à. Fame was brought to him for creating this masterpiece because of many reasons, to name a few, it is famous for representing a very pivotal moment in history, known as one of the seven sorrows of Mary, for being brutally attacked and reconstructed and it is also famous for its unnatural look and proportion. Although there are many other pieces that he…

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    La Virgen Analysis

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    The image of La Virgen has been present throughout most of our lives. From our homes to the murals in our communities. Growing up in a Hispanic/ Latino community it’s the norm to see her image either in tattoos, candles, shirts, posters, cars as well as in our churches and grocery stores. Historically, speaking her image has been used politically for instance, Cesar Chavez used her image, during the Mexican War for Independence her image was used as well. The image of La Virgen has evolved…

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    Mexico has many unique celebrations just like every other country does. Different traditions and value are what distinguish each country from one another. For Instance, In Mexico. Holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, and Independence Day are celebrated. However, they are celebrated differently cultural wise as well as the day the holiday is celebrated. Catholic celebrations, such as Three Kings Day and Day of our Lady of Guadalupe are also celebrated. Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of…

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    The book “Our Lady of Controversy” edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma Lopez addresses many prevalent issues that were raised when Queer Chicana artist Alma Lopez showcased her reinterpretation of the iconic archetype of La Virgen de Guadalupe at the museum of International Folk Art in 2001 CyberArte. The book consist of short essays from scholars that analyzed the controversy through the context of religion, feminism, art and censorship, colonialism, queer theory, and Chicanx history.…

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    Rebozo Symbolism

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    The rebozo in the novel Caramelo had significant meaning and symbolism for the characters and the Mexican culture. What is the rebozo? What does it mean? How important is it to Mexican culture and the women in the novel? Celaya is born of a Mexican immigrant father and a working-class Mexican American mother. She finds herself feeling forced to choose sides. Celaya’s grandmother, Soledad, is the central secondary character on whom all others react. She is the one who is affecting all of those…

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    everything in its path they are still trying to rebuild it.I got the oppurtunity to meet and rebuild one of hurricane survivor’s home.I got to see a new culture and meet new people that welcomed me into their home.I have volunteered in many places and has made me relize that a lot of people need help.It remind me that its’s impotant to give back and must be compassionate.Recently I volunteered at Sacred Heart Toy Drive .Seeing all the moms trying to pick the perfect toy for their kids…

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    Miguel Gonzalez’s piece titled The Virgin of Guadalupe depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe in the center, with a smaller image in very corner and a beautifully decorated frame encompassing her image. She is shown looking down with her head a bit tilted to the left, a pose that characterizes her and distinguishes her from different virgins. She is in the center, with a beige background that most likely represents Juan Diego’s tilma, where her image appeared for the first time. Emanating from her…

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    Deena J. Gonzalez’s essay and Rolando J. Romero’s essay concern themselves with similar topics, but each one has a different approach to delivering their arguments and organizing their ideas. While Gonzalez takes a more individual approach to analyzing the truth behind Malinche, Romero compares her to La Virgen de Guadalupe. Both of these writers take an approach that sees Malinche as someone who got the short end of the stick. In Gonzalez’s essay, “Malinche Triangulated, Historically…

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    Since I can remember, my religion and my life come hand in hand. I grew up in a town with a very strong Catholic faith that was passed on to me and I have kept it since. I started learning about my faith since I was a child and now that I am a young adult, I try day by day to understand it better and to follow the teachings of it. My faith is something I carry with me everywhere I go and it is not only a part of my life but a part of me. Faith has been a part of me since the day I was born. I…

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    Culture plays a key role when it comes to gender, and gender can vary according to what is culturally accepted in a specific region. For example, although they are the same person and hold the same amount of religious value, the way the Virgin Mary looks as compared to the Virgin of Guadalupe can be widely different solely because of the fact that they are products of two very different cultures. It is also notable that one calls attention to the appearance of this entirely different depiction…

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