Architecture and Its Sculpture in Viceregal Mexico

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From monumental cathedrals to simple parish churches, perhaps as many as 100,000 churches and civic buildings were constructed in Mexico during the viceregal or colonial period (1535-1821). Many of these structures remain today as witnesses to the fruitful blending of Old and New World forms and styles that created an architecture of enduring vitality.

In this profusely illustrated book, Robert J. Mullen provides a much-needed overview of Mexican colonial architecture and its ...

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Overview

From monumental cathedrals to simple parish churches, perhaps as many as 100,000 churches and civic buildings were constructed in Mexico during the viceregal or colonial period (1535-1821). Many of these structures remain today as witnesses to the fruitful blending of Old and New World forms and styles that created an architecture of enduring vitality.

In this profusely illustrated book, Robert J. Mullen provides a much-needed overview of Mexican colonial architecture and its attendant sculpture. Writing with just the right level of detail for students and general readers, he places the architecture in its social and economic context. He shows how buildings in the larger cities remained closer to European designs, while buildings in the pueblos often included prehispanic indigenous elements.

This book grew out of the author's twenty-five-year exploration of Mexico's architectural and sculptural heritage. Combining an enthusiast's love for the subject with a scholar's care for accuracy, it is the perfect introduction to the full range of Mexico's colonial architecture.

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Editorial Reviews

Hispanic American Historical Review - Catherine Wilkinson Zerner
The late Robert J. Mullen has written a reliable, readable, and well-illustrated book that covers, in six chronological chapters, a selection of the major monuments of Mexican colonial architecture during the period from 1521 to independence.
Hispanic American Historical Review
The late Robert J. Mullen has written a reliable, readable, and well-illustrated book that covers, in six chronological chapters, a selection of the major monuments of Mexican colonial architecture during the period from 1521 to independence.
— Catherine Wilkinson Zerner
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Overviews Mexican religious architecture and sculpture during the colonial period (1535-1821) in a social and economic context, for students and general readers, showing how buildings in larger cities remained closer to European designs, while buildings in the pueblos often included prehispanic indigenous elements. Includes many b&w photos and a glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292752108
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,129,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface, Conventions, Acknowledgments
1. Overview
2. Urban Beginnings
3. Sixteenth Century: The Formative Era
4. Cathedrals: Symbols of Authority
5. Transitional Phase: From the Static to the Dynamic (Mid-Seventeenth to Mid-Eighteenth Century)
6. The Age of Fulfillment, 1730-1800: Estípites, "Silver" Churches, Santuarios, Residences
7. Frontier Mission Architecture
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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