Over the following week, based in a couple of Mexico’s most luxurious hotels you have the opportunity to gain an in depth insight into Mexico’s artistic heritage with visits to museums, palaces and art galleries in just two of the most important artistic centres, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende.
Mexico’s size, diversity and eventful history has produced a vast heritage of culture and art. From the sculptures and carvings of the various pre-Columbian civilisations to the politically inspired artwork of the 20th century post-revolutionary period Mexican art has always embraced its national roots.
Local Criollo painters were recruited by the Spanish rulers to adorn churches and convents, interpreting the religious themes through Mexican eyes and latterly re-evaluating pre-Conquest art with the aim of portraying a real national identity.
Political commentary, often from a leftist viewpoint sympathetic to perceived injustices against the poor has been a theme of the visual arts in Mexico since the revolution of the early 20th century. This can most obviously be seen in the work of the muralists, among whom is internationally revered Diego Rivera. He and his wife Frida Kahlo have left an indelible artistic commentary on Mexico’s identity, and many of their works are on show in museums around the country. You will see their work exhibited in some of the most elegant neighbourhoods of Mexico City.
You will also visit the art galleries of colonial San Miguel de Allende, a gorgeous little highland town which is a draw for artists from all over the world to this day. You will also visit Taxco, a town which is famed for its intricate silver jewellery and other works of art created from the silver mined nearby since colonial times. Cuernavaca, one of the oldest towns in Mexico, is also on the itinerary.