California Missions: History, Art and Preservation

California Missions: History, Art and Preservation

by Edna E. Kimbro, Julia G. Costello
     
 

“No other single work offers a comparable wealth of information about the missions of California, all of which is superbly organized and clearly presented. This authoritative yet accessible volume offers readers a compelling and balanced account of the founding and early history of the missions, the birth and growth of the mission myth, and modern

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“No other single work offers a comparable wealth of information about the missions of California, all of which is superbly organized and clearly presented. This authoritative yet accessible volume offers readers a compelling and balanced account of the founding and early history of the missions, the birth and growth of the mission myth, and modern preservation efforts, as well as concise historical profiles of individual missions. A noteworthy achievement.”

—Rose Marie Beebe, Santa Clara University, Coauthor of Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California and Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women

 

“The California missions endure on the landscape as wondrous monuments, inviting us to stand and ponder what happened there.  Long subjected to one-dimensional, celebratory accounts, the missions in recent decades have benefited from more thoughtful analysis, and in this splendid book they receive the eloquent, multilayered chronicle they deserve.” 

—Douglas Monroy, Colorado College, Author of Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California and The Borders Within: Encounters Between Mexico and the U.S.

Illustrated in color throughout, The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions. Initial chapters recount their founding and early history, examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and trace the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. Subsequent chapters present mission architecture and wall murals, survey the rich holdings of European and Native American art in mission collections, and examine the challenges involved in preserving the mission heritage for future generations. The second part of the book provides concise historical profiles of each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

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From the Publisher

"This sumptuous book—a landmark in the revival of Mission studies currently underway—will guide and structure all such assessments and preservation efforts for decades to come."—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

 "Recommended."—Choice

 “Teachers, artists, architects, preservationists, historians, and general readers alike will delight in this treasure trove of information.”—Catholic Southwest 

 “This book does an excellent job of providing a broad historical context of the California Missions.”—California Archaeology

“By providing such a full, up-to-date overview of mission history, structures, and associated works of art, the authors . . . have produced a watershed text that invites a rethinking and renewal of the entire field of California mission studies.” —Boletîn: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892369836
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
10/20/2009
Series:
Conservation and Cultural Heritage Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
460,862
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

The late Edna E. Kimbro was a renowned architectural conservator and historian and a founding member of the California Mission Studies Association. Julia G. Costello is an internationally recognized expert on archaeology and cultural resources, with particular expertise in the California missions.  Tevvy Ball is an editor with Getty Publications.

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