My recent mural titled Year 1531 AD.
This piece is my reference to the event which happend in year 1531 AD ,when conquistadors came to that land and meet aboriginal peoples called Otomi.
By the legend they agreed to fight with no weapons. They decided- winner will be master of the land. Fight was long and Otomi almost won, but sky got dark suddenly and they’ve seen cross of fire and horseman in the sky (Full sun eclipse happend). Otomi were so scared of that and loose a fight.
Was it really unexpected or spaniards knew about eclipse in advance, nobody know it now. It is how it written in history by the winners. But interesting fact is that horsman by the legend was actually patron of conquistadors – Saint James apostle- Santiago Matamoros – The Moorslayer – justification and patron of the spaniards during the reconquista in Spain. And then patron of conquista of the whole recently discovered new world, not only Mexico…
Thanks to Macromurales project.
fragments and process:
Image of Santiago Matamoros on facade of cathedral in Queretaro.