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Assignment #4 - Artwork

I adore Frida Kahlo and I think it's wonderful that the fourth assignment for my creativity course, I get to analysis one of her self portraits that I really admire.


I wanted to share my view on the symbolic meaning of the animals in her artwork titled Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (Kahlo, 1940).


  • dragonfly symbolizes self-realization

  • pre-Hispanic folklore belief that migrating butterflies carried the souls of ancestors visiting from the afterlife

  • monkey symbolizes adaptability

  • black cats are spiritual guardians & protectors

  • dark/dead hummingbird symbolizes rebirth

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