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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Gouache, Chapel of Calvary and Dolore Hidalgo

Individual guidance in the gouache class

Tuesday morning Randy’s gouache class started and in 4 hours all 11 students got their pieces well started.
In the afternoon we returned to Atotonilco and the The Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atatonilco. Being a Tuesday (with no services) we could study the murals, mostly done by Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre and enter and study the six lateral chapels surrounding the nave, concentrating mainly in the Chapel of Calvary (from 1776) and the chapel of De La Virgen Del Rosaro (from 1766).  This site, constructed by Father Felipe Neri  Alfaro, represents an important example of the cultural exchange between European and Latin American cultures and is a masterpiece of Mexican Baroque.
After a late but very tasty lunch in Dolores Hidalgo we visited the home of MiguelHidalgo y Costilla, the initial leader of the insurgent army against Spaniards in 1810 (Grito of Dolores) - the war and the Spanish rule ended in 1821. We also visited the incredible Parroquia of Our Lady of Sorrows in Dolores Hidalgo before heading back to San Miguel. Dolores is a very nice little, authentic Mexican town with almost no tourists. Another day filled with Mexican history! 
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Stunning Golden altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin Mary at the Parroquia of Our Lady of Sorrows in Dolores Hidalgo (also called as the Church of the Grito), Cradle of the Mexican Independence. 

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