Mexican Banknote Honours Mexico’s Most Famous Artist Couple

16 Apr 2020  Thu

The portraits of the most famous artist couple of Mexico – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – has been featured on a 500 peso banknote of Mexico.

The 500-peso note is the most widely circulated denomination and first appeared in 1994 featuring an image of army General Ignacio Zaragoza, who led Mexican forces to victory over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Since then the 500 peso banknotes of Mexico have been issued featuring the iconic figures of the country.

Rivera and Frida are the most iconic figures in the field of painting not only of Mexico but also of the world. Rivera is considered one of Mexico’s “big three” muralists along with José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros whereas Frida the most famous Mexican artist internationally with a range of consumers products and the inspiration for a Barbie doll.

The banknote features a self-portrait of Rivera on one side alongside an image of his painting Desnudo con Alcatraces (Nude with Calla Lilies) adorned with three paintbrushes and a palette. A self-portrait of Kahlo along with an image of her 1949 painting (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico) and Myself, Diego and Senor Xolotl appears on the other side.

However, after a span of 10 years, this banknote is going to be replaced this year.

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