La Malinche

Description
La Malinche, the title of this lithograph, was the indigenous woman who translated for Cortés between Maya, Náhuatl, and Spanish during his first years in Mexico. Considered either as a traitor or a founding mother by some Mexicans, La Malinche was Cortés's lover and the mother of his favorite son Martín. She and Moctezuma are also central figures in the Matachines dances that are performed in Mexico and New Mexico. Originally commemorating the expulsion of the Moors from southern Spain in 1492, the dance was brought to Mexico where it was treated as a means for Christianizing native peoples. The historical figure of La Malinche, known in Spanish by the name Doña Marina, is also credited for playing an almost miraculous role in the early evangelization of central Mexico. This print, made by Jean Charlot in the 1933, shows a young girl in the role of La Malinche, holding a rattle or toy in one hand, and a sword in the other. Jean Charlot, a French-born artist, lived and studied in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s. He depicted stylized scenes from the daily life of Mexican workers, particularly indigenous women.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
1933
graphic artist
Charlot, Jean
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20.6 cm x 15.7 cm; 8 1/8 in x 6 3/16 in
place printed
United States: California, Los Angeles
place made
Mexico
ID Number
GA*23401
catalog number
23401
accession number
299563
subject
Popular Culture
Native Americans
Religion
Cultures & Communities
Art
Mexican America
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Mexican America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
La Malinche

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