Definition: images appeal to the senses (i.e. sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) in order to recreate a person,  scene, or object in the audience’s imagination.  Through the use of imagery, artists also convey how they feel about what they are depicting.


What ideas does Diego River’s mural “La Gran Tenochtitlan” communicate about Mesoamerica and the effects of European arrival to the continent?  

What images does he use to convey his perspective?  

How do these images contribute to your understanding about the importance of this moment in history to Mexican American identity? 

For an online VIRTUAL TOUR of the full mural, visit the webpage for the Mexican National Palace at