Lonely Planet review
Among Diego Rivera’s most famous works is Sueño de una tarde dominical en la alameda central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central), painted in 1947. In the 15m-long mural the artist imagined many of the figures who walked in the city from colonial times onward, among them Cortés, Juárez, Porfirio Díaz and Francisco Madero. All are grouped around a Catrina (skeleton in prerevolutionary women’s garb). Rivera himself, as a pug-faced child, and Frida Kahlo stand beside the skeleton. Charts identify all the characters. The Museo Mural Diego Rivera was built in 1986 to house the mural, after its original location, the Hotel del Prado, was wrecked by the 1985 earthquake.