Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda"

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La Esmeralda - National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking (Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado. ENPEG "La Esmeralda") is a Mexican art school located in Mexico City.

The history of the ENPEG started with the foundation of a sculpture and wood carving school in the former La Merced Cloister (Exconvento de la Merced) in the Historic center of Mexico City by Guillermo Ruiz in 1927. In the 1930s, the school moved to the alley Callejón de la Esmeralda (now Calle San Fernando), Colonia Guerrero,[1] which gave it the name "La Esmeralda". Also Raúl Anguiano, Feliciano Peña and José Chávez Morado taught in Ruiz' school. In 1943 Antonio M. Ruiz became head of the seemingly provisorily school. He redesigned the building, separated the training in classes and developed the first curriculum, which achieved certification by the Secretaría de Educación Pública in 1943 accompanied by the official status of an art school.[2] Notable teachers at this time were Diego Rivera, Francisco Zúñiga, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Orozco Romero, Federico Cantú, Luis Ortiz Monasterio, María Izquierdo and Agustín Lazo. In 1994 "La Esmeralda" moved from Colonia Guerrero to Centro Nacional de las Artes (National Center for Arts).[3]

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