SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE IS CULTURAL AND HISTORIC
(P2) But behind the colonial-era FACADES it HUMS with cultural activity. The town of about 80,000 people, barely three hours north of Mexico City, supports an estimated 120 fine art galleries and FOLK ART museums.
(P3) In 2008, UNESCO named San Miguel a World Heritage site, citing it as a CRADLE of Mexican independence and HIGHLIGHTING its INTEGRATION of architectural styles, from BAROQUE to neo-GOTHIC, within a 16th century Spanish colonial LAYOUT.
(P5) It stands opposite the Casa de las Conspiraciones, or Conspiracies House, where local NOTABLES plotted the launch of the Independence War against Spain.
(P8) An ECHO of Paris, one block away, is the Immaculate Conception Church’s dome, believed to be modeled on the Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon is buried.
(P9) The MURALS at the next-door Bellas Artes feature an unfinished work by leading 20th century artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
(P11) The style’s best-known PRACTITIONER, Francisco Toledo, is Mexico’s highest-priced living artist, with one painting selling for over $900,000.
(P12) Lower-priced Toledo ENGRAVINGS and Toledo-designed HOUSEWARES and jewelry are offered at Galeria Nudo, also focused on art from Oaxaca, a southern state with THRIVING Indian traditions and languages.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- What is the most cultural and historic city in your country?
- Do different regions of your country have different artistic and cultural styles?
- Do you enjoy visiting museums? What kind?
- Do you ever buy art pieces for your home?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Folk art