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Colombus' Arrival


"The Arrival of Columbus" is a powerful and symbolic artwork that seeks to portray the historic encounter between Christopher Columbus and the indigenous peoples upon arrival in the new land. Inspired by the homonymous statue located in Plaza Colón, Santo Domingo, this piece transcends the boundaries of reality by blending historical elements with surrealistic ones.

At the center of the composition stands an indigenous female figure, immersed in a lush forest. She is depicted skillfully and fluidly painting the waves of the sea, symbolizing the deep connection that indigenous peoples had with nature. The predominant colors of the artwork, green and blue, evoke the vitality of the forest and the vastness of the ocean.

Within the depiction of the waves being painted by the indigenous woman, a boat emerges majestically, carrying Christopher Columbus and his crew. Columbus's imposing presence, highlighted in the foreground, reveals the arrival of Europeans to the New World and the overwhelming impact this discovery had on indigenous peoples. The interaction between the waves and the figure of the indigenous woman reflects the complexity of the relationship between the two worlds. While the waves, representing European power and influence, invade the indigenous woman's scene, they symbolize the imposition of culture and domination.

The artwork can be interpreted in various ways, prompting questions about how colonization affected indigenous peoples. It invites us to explore the layers of meaning behind the historic encounter, sparking discussions about identity, cultural resistance, and the power dynamics that shaped the New World.

$ 3,200


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