Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe


Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe (or Man in the Time Machine), 1934, fresco, 4.85 x 11.45 m in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City


Additional resources

Learn more about Latin American modernisms in a Reframing Art History chapter.

Alejandro Anreus, Robin Adèle Greely, and Leonard Folgarait, eds. Mexican Muralism: A Critical History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012).

Jean Charlot,The Mexican Mural Renaissance, 1920–1925 (New York: Hacker Art Books, 1979).

Leonard Folgarait, Mural Painting and Social Revolution in Mexico, 1920–1940: The Art of a New Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Laurance P. Hurlburt, The Mexican Muralists in the United States (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989).

Desmond Rochfort, Mexican Muralists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993).


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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe," in Smarthistory, April 4, 2016, accessed February 8, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/diego-rivera-man-controller-of-the-universe/.