This month, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta launched the largest ever joint exhibition of Frida Kahlo's and Diego Rivera's work. According to early reviews, "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting" is designed to downplay the obvious stylistic differences that generally keep the famous couple apart in museums (Kahlo's haunting metaphors vs. Rivera's clean lines and calla lillies) in favor of a focus on their shared philosophies.
But there's something else the artists had in common: they both left us a lot of themselves to look at. Kahlo is of course known for her psychedelic self-portraits, but Rivera occasionally treated the canvas as a mirror as well. And here and there, the two changed things up by painting each other. You might think it'd be easy to ID the results -- that either the kind eye of a lover, or the simple fact of aesthetic differences would make a wife's portrait of her husband clearly distinguishable from his rendering of himself. But in fact, telling between Diego's Diego, Frida's Diego, Diego's Frida and Frida's Frida is surprisingly tough!
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