Just three more weeks of Grandeza

The exhibition at Mexic-Arte featuring articles from Mexico reflecting its culture and history from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century has been so popular that the accompanying material has run out, leaving the visitor to rely solely on the explanatory cards next to each item.

The card was missing from the case containing three of my favorite items: a handsome military sword and two antique firearms. The embellishments, including silverwork, carving, and inlaid mother-of-pearl, make each of these unique.

There are popular prints from Winfield Scott’s expedition. Many examples of intricate hand embroidery, including bullion work in gold and silver, delight the eye; the work is shown on ecclesiastic garments, military uniforms and accouterments, and civilian dress.

The inscriptions contained in ex-voto paintings and describing people in oil portraits are not translated, but are very interesting, both for the text and for the calligraphy.

Mexic-Arte is small and friendly. The gift shop usually has examples of work from the Serie project and small but excellent selections of hand-crafted toys and jewelry. Admission for non-member adults is five dollars, and worth it.

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