Have you ever seen a murales? Have you ever heard of them? Not all the great paintings in the world are in museums. Some of them decorate the walls or ceilings in caves, tombs, cathedrals and government buildings. Others are outdoors, on the side of buildings or undergrounds or in other parts of our big cities. All these paintings are called “ murals”. The oldest examples of murals are cave paintings, such as the walls of the Lascaux cave in France, which were painted 1,500 years before Christ. They represent gigantic bulls dominating smaller figures of horses, deer and other strange animals. Today, there are a great variety of all murals all over the world. Sometimes muralists use their art to express people’s political, social and religious opinions. Other murals, on the contrary, commemorate important people of the past and of the present, and even important events of our recent history. One of the most important murals was painted by the artist and painter Diego Rivera in 1948 for the Mexican museum. It is called “The Drean of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Park”. It i san enormous painting, where the artist imagined a fantastic journey through the history of Mexico. In the United States of America the most famous artist of murales was Thomas Hart Benton whose realistic murales narrate some crude apects of America’s past. But murales are not always so serious. Some of them are from cartoons, or pure decorations, or rich in colours just to amuse people with joke or create optical illusions. A kind of murals are even “graffiti”, but they generally use spray and a paint-brush which vandalize private properties and public walls. In spite of that they, too, can be considered a kind of artistic production. So when we see a murales or a graffiti, think that we are looking at a product of Art.

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