Let’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. It is not, as some mistakenly assume, Mexican Independence Day.
The Legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl
Enrique Ramos is a Mexican artist who works with many different mediums to create images of pop culture and Mexican history.
Ripley’s proudly displays a lot of his candy art, but one of his more ambitious pieces is a series of paintings cataloging the history of Mexican all done on the wings of real butterflies.
A centerpiece of the collection is the legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl: two of the largest volcanoes in the world. Images of this Aztec legend can be found on multiple butterflies.
According to the story, Iztaccíhuatl was a beautiful Aztec princess, and Popocatépetl was the handsome warrior who loved her.
Before going off to war, Popocatépetl asked for his beloved’s hand in marriage and was told that he could marry her if he returned from battle victorious.
While he was going, a rival suitor decided to tell Iztaccíhuatl that her intended had died on the battle field. Of course, it wasn’t true, and he was actually on the way home, but her grief was too much to bear, and she died.
When he returned home, Popocatépetl was heartbroken to find his love dead. He carried her body into the mountains and died next to her. The gods, moved by the lover’s story, turned them both into mountains so that they could stand together forever.
The volcanoes that bear their names can be seen presiding over Mexico City to this day.
The Ripley’s collection features some great pieces of art from Mexican and Mexican-American artists. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see these pieces up close and personal, make sure you’re following Ripley’s on snapchat and stay tuned for our Cinco de Mayo themed snaps today.
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