Study for Ancient Human Sacrifice (Panel 3) for The Epic of American Civilization

José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949

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about 1930-1934

Gouache, watercolor on paper

Sheet: 20 x 14 3/4 in. (50.8 x 37.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gifts from Kirsten and Peter Bedford, Class of 1989P; Jane and Raphael Bernstein; Walter Burke, Class of 1944; Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Lombard, Class of 1953; Nathan Pearson, Class of 1932; David V. Picker, Class of 1953; Rodman C. Rockefeller, Class of 1954; Kenneth Roman Jr., Class of 1952 and Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935



North America, Mexico


20th century

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Not on view


Inscribed, upper left: Oeste 8'11" x 10'6"; inscribed, lower right: 256; inscribed, on reverse, upper left: 1580; inscribed, on reverse, lower left: 1580; inscribed, on reverse, lower right: 1580, DC 8, 61.1772.10

Course History

ARTH 72, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Spring 2015

ARTH 7, Orozco, Mary Coffey, Spring 2014

ARTH 17, The Power of Place: Urban and Rural Images in American Art, 1900-1945, Sarah Powers, Winter 2014

ARTH 16, LACS 48, Mexican Muralism, Mary Coffey, Spring 2012

ARTH 71, The “American Century”: Modern Art in the United States, Mary Coffey, Spring 2012

LATS 41, Representations of/from Latinos in the Media and the Arts, Douglas Moody, Spring 2012

Exhibition History

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 20, 2016-January 8, 2017.

Men of Fire, Jose Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock, Friends-Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 7-June 17, 2012; Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York, August 2-October 27, 2012.

Orozco: Pintura y Verdad, Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, March 11-July 11, 2010; Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico, September 21-February 27, 2011.

Drawings for the Orozco Murals at Dartmouth College, Baker Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 29, 1980.

Orozco: Studies for the Murals at Dartmouth, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1962-1963; unconfirmed international itinerary, 1964-1965.

Publication History

Mary K. Coffey, Sharon Lorenzo, Lisa Mintz Messinger, Stephen Polcari, Men of Fire, Jose Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2012, ill. p. 31, fig. 58; p. 69.

Jose Clemente Orozco: Pintura y verdad, Jalisco, Mexico: Instituto Cultural Cabana, 2010, ill. p.182.


Artist; by descent to the Orozco Family, about 1949; purchased by the present collection, 1988.

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