Coatlicue Transformed-Study for central figure ofOur Gods
Crayon and watercolor on paper
The Old Gods: The Indiansstudy for left half ofOur Gods
Crayon and charcoal on cardboard
The New Gods: the Spanishstudy for the right half ofOur Gods
Crayon, pastel, watercolor, pencil, and charcoal on paper
If Herrán had lived long enough to finish this project, it would have been EPIC. He was commissioned to paint a large mural depicting the history and spirituality of Mexico. The left half represents the indigenous population and their “old gods”, while the right represents the arrival of the Spanish and Christianity. The center piece, Coatlicue Transformed,represents the Aztec goddess and “Mother of Gods” Coatlicue-and if you look closely you can also see a crucified Christ figure in the middle.