Thursday, July 23, 2015

Leandro Izaguirre

The Torture of Cuauhtemoc
oil on canvas
294.5 x 454.0 cm
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico

Leandro Izaguirre (1867-1941), born in Mexico City, was a Mexican painter, illustrator and teacher. He entered the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City in 1884.

He devoted himself to painting historical subjects favored by liberal critics in an attempt to create a Mexican school of painting, establishing the Columbus at Rabida and the Founding of Tenochtitlan in Mexico City. His most important painting is one for which he was awarded a medal when it was exhibited in Philadelphia in 1893 (the Torture of Cuauhtemoc). The realist painting depicts the last Aztec emperor Cuauhtemoc.

For some years he was a professor at the Academia. He also worked as an illustrator for the magazine Mundo ilustrado.
He was a teacher and mentor of such greats as Saturnino Herran, Leopoldo Mendez, Roberto Montenegro, Alfredo Zalce and Jose Clemente Orozco.