Day of the Dead: Catrinas

If you’re at all familiar with Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) you may have seen pictures or small statuettes of well-dressed women skeletons. These are known as Catrinas. The now common figures were made popular by the Mexican printmaker and cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada, when he etched La Calavera Catrina (‘The Elegant Skull’) in 1910. Some say the Catrinas are caricatures or social commentaries on the pretensions of the upper middle class in Mexico at that time. The wealthy put on airs and wore fancy clothes, but underneath they were just like everyone, and death was the great equalizer.

The Grand Rapids Public Library will be hosting its 4th Day of the Dead event starting Oct. 31 and running through Nov. 3. We hope you’ll join us!


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