Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico known for its indigenous cultures. Its capital, the City of Oaxaca, is noted for colonial buildings often made of green volcanic stone. In the main square, El Zócalo, stands the baroque Catedral de Oaxaca. Beyond the city, pre-Columbian archaeological sites include Mitla, Yagul and Monte Albán, the Zapotec capital dating to around 500 B.C.
Given that artist Uriel Agustin’s church has more of the colonial than the baroque about it, we suspect his painting is not a depiction of the City of Oaxaca public square, but perhaps of an ‘old town’ neighborhood. The proximity of planted fields to the church seems to support this theory, as does a long row of low-lying shops or residences, painted uniformly red, across the road on the right. The reds of shops and church roof along with greens of plants and shrubbery lend the painting (and probably the town itself) its particular ethnic flavor.
And so does the audio selection by ShortBusMusic offer Spanish ambience appropriate to this depiction of colonial influence in a Mexican town. The track features a rich flamenco style 12-string guitar and, later, a sensuous vocalise in counterpoint. Perhaps the track is a bit too active, and romantic, for what really looks to be a pretty sleepy town. But hey, watch out what goes on behind closed doors in sleepy Mexican towns!
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