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A Land So Remote: Volume 1: Religious Art of New Mexico, 1780-1907 / Edition 1

A Land So Remote: Volume 1: Religious Art of New Mexico, 1780-1907 / Edition 1


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Volume 1 of A Land So Remote elegantly illustrates the development of religious art in northern New Mexico during an active period of over 125 years. To sustain their faith when they came to the New World, the Spanish relied on santos, visual representations of saints, to alleviate their loneliness and enrich their lives. The result is a uniquely American art that embodies the religious spirit and aspirations of New Mexico's Spanish immigrants, whose enduring faith helped them cope with the rigors of a harsh and dangerous frontier life. With roots in Spanish baroque style, the pieces illustrated in this book played an important role in church, community, and family. Many of these rare and beautiful works of art have never been published. With hundreds of color photographs of works from four museums and numerous private collections, A Land So Remote is vital to any art library and as a reference for collectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781878610737
Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Series: Red Crane Art Series
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Larry Frank studied medieval art in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, he found that the counterpart that continued the tradition for him was the linear and stylized design of santos. He was a collector of santos for thirty-five years and was considered a leading authority on the subject.

Table of Contents

Volume 1
1.History and Culture of Early New Mexico1
2.Santero and Santo: Art and Religion17
3.The School of the Laguna Santero, Fray Andres Garcia and the Novice Santero41
4.Antonio Molleno and Followers75
5.Pedro Antonio Fresquis, the Santero of the Delicate Crucifixes and the Santero of the Mountain Village Crucifixes123
6.Jose Aragon, Followers, and the Master of the Arroyo Hondo Church Altar Screen179
7.The A. J. Santero and the Lattice Cross Santero247
Notes for volume I278
Volume 2
8.Jose Rafael Aragon and Followers289
9.The Santo Nino Santero379
10.The School of the Quill Pen Santero407
11.The Arroyo Hondo Santero423
12.Jose de Gracia Gonzales and the Anonymous Santero435
13.Late and Penitente Santeros461
14.Jose Benito Ortega489
Annotated list of Saints and Religious Terms515
Notes for volume 2541

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