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The California Missions - History, Art, and Preservation

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Getty Trust Publications, Los Angeles, United States
Imprint: Getty Publications
Published: 19th Nov 2009
Dimensions: w 247mm h 278mm d 24mm
Weight: 1570g
ISBN-10: 0892369833
ISBN-13: 9780892369836
Barcode No: 9780892369836
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This title presents a superbly illustrated and discerning exploration of the history, heritage, and future of California's Missions. Combining an engaging narrative with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent full-colour photography, this volume presents readers with a fascinating overview of these iconic institutions. Beginning with an authoritative look at their founding and early history, "The California Missions" then goes on to examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. Further chapters offer an insight into mission architecture and wall murals, an extensive survey of the rich holdings of European and Native American art in mission collections, and an examination of the challenges involved in preserving their heritage for future generations. This volume also features a concise historical profile for each of the twenty-one missions in California.

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"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." --Boletin: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association "This book does an excellent job of providing a broad historical context of the California Missions."--California Archaeology "Teachers, artists, architects, preservationists, historians, and general readers alike will delight in this treasure trove of information."--Catholic Southwest "Recommended."--Choice "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 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. Boletin: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association

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

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



" "Recommended." Choice

" "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

" "Each generation must reassess the history, architecture, art, and moral meaning of the California Missions. 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, author of the multivolume cultural history Americans and the California Dream
"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 as wondrous monuments, inviting us to ponder what happened there, and in this splendid book they receive the eloquent, multilayered chronicle they deserve. Evincing a sharp eye for ambiguous and contradictory narratives, understanding that the missions have dramatically different meanings to different people, and acknowledging Californians' enigmatic reverence for these special places, the authors have fashioned a nuanced, loving and visually sumptuous telling of the missions' origins and demise, crumbling and restoration, and persistence in California's complex historical memory. One thrills to hear the passions voiced in these places over the years, of the Indians and priests, boosters and restorationists, fictionalizers and fact-finders, and to feast our eyes on the paintings and photographs in this superb illustrated history."--Douglas Monroy, Colorado College, author of Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California 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. "Boletin: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association"" This book does an excellent job of providing a broad historical context of the California Missions. "California Archaeology"" Teachers, artists, architects, preservationists, historians, and general readers alike will delight in this treasure trove of information. "Catholic Southwest" """ "Recommended." "Choice"" "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" "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." --"Boletin: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association" "This book does an excellent job of providing a broad historical context of the California Missions."--"California Archaeology" "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 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"