The Arsenal by Diego Rivera, 1928. Fresco, South wall, Patio de las Fiestas,
Secretaría de Educación Pública, Mexico City

This work by Italian-born artist and activist, Tina Modotti pictures a detail of Diego Rivera's 1928 mural, The Arsenal at the Patio de las Fiestas in Mexio City. The detail illustrates Rivera’s depiction of Modotti (holding an ammunition belt) looking intently at her lover and Cuban revolutionary, Julio Antonio Mella. Modotti was a fierce figure in the Mexican Communist party and a close friend of Rivera and Frida Khalo until her sudden death at the age of 45. Interestingly, this particular work comes from the estate of the mysterious German novelist and anarchist, B. Traven, whose many notable works include The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship.

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