Canvas


From the Latin “lintĕum” comes the word canvas, which is a cloth made of linen, hemp or cotton. This term also describes, in the architectural field, the facade of a wall or building, which expands from one side to the other. In art, canvas is understood as the canvas ready to be painted on or the painting that was made on it.

It is also used to define the type of painting on canvas that was used by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica to disseminate or issue information; this was part of a system that coordinated oral narrations with pictographic images and the symbols that were used were standards agreed upon and understood by the inhabitants of the different societies. These works were exhibited as an important public event where a storyteller participated, where he narrated the history of the characters and the places modeled on the canvas. For these natives, each of these works was of the utmost importance since they helped write their history as a civilization or people.

A handkerchief made of cotton is also called a canvas, which helps to remove sweat and clean the nose; It should be noted that one like this served to cover the body of Jesus of Nazareth from his nakedness during his crucifixion, it was called “purity canvas”. Finally we have a charro ring that is attributed to the place, whether it is an arena or street, which is used for handling cattle, this type of facility is designed or made for the practice of a sport of Mexican origin.