A Sense of Mission: Historic Churches of the Southwest

Overview

Visually beautiful and historically important, the Spanish missions of the United States are a unique legacy of two very different cultures. Conceived as an expression of the Catholic faith of the European conquerors, they were built and maintained by native Americans, who incorporated their own traditions. A Sense of Mission presents 29 of these fascinating and popular churches in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Southern California. More than 150 color photographs feature dramatic exteriors and ...
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Overview

Visually beautiful and historically important, the Spanish missions of the United States are a unique legacy of two very different cultures. Conceived as an expression of the Catholic faith of the European conquerors, they were built and maintained by native Americans, who incorporated their own traditions. A Sense of Mission presents 29 of these fascinating and popular churches in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Southern California. More than 150 color photographs feature dramatic exteriors and grounds, altarpieces, statues, carvings, frescoes, and other folk details. The text explores the history of the missions, how they were built, and the meaning behind their symbols, while an introduction by N. Scott Momaday lends insight from the Native American perspective. Visitor information, maps, and an annotated reading list round out this handsome, authoritative guide of more than a decade.
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Wakely's photographs and Drain's writing beautifully portray the ruins and buildings of the Spanish missions of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Southern California. The book includes visitor information, maps, and an annotated reading list in addition to over 150 color photographs of the buildings, grounds, altarpieces, statues, carvings, and details of the 25-plus churches featured. The photography is striking and vivid, and Drain's accessible text explores the history of the missions, the techniques of their construction, how the art was done, and something about the symbolism used in the design of the buildings, altar panels, and frescoes. With a foreword by N. Scott Momaday; recommended for general readers.-- Chuck Malenfant, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811843140
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/27/2004
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,064,272
  • Product dimensions: 11.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wakely is an architectural and travel photographer whose work has appeared widely. He lives in San Francisco.

Thomas A. Drain is an architect and former icon painter who holds a master's degree in theology.

N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa Indian writer and the author of several books, including House Made of Dawn, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize.

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