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Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City

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This complex of buildings has a history dating back to the 16th Century. The School of San Ildefonso was born when the San Bernardo, San Gregorio and San Miguel schools were joined in the 18th Century. The three inner courtyards separate the colegio chico (small school) from the pasantes (interns) and the grande (big) school. The muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros embellished the stairs of the colegio chico, while the grande has a series of images by Jose Clemente Orozco which expresses his tragic sense of life and his keen sense of the ridiculous. These murals enhance what is now a cultural arts center.