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Conservation and Cultural Heritage #08: The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation

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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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Thorough profiles of California's 21 missions are preceded by abundantly illustrated, in-depth chapters on the history and context of their design and construction in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as their subsequent ruin, their reconstruction, and their preservation. Sharing their deep scholarly efforts, the three authors offer an in-depth history for serious lay readers in a presentation with such an abundance of illustrations (170 color and 100 b&w) that more casual readers will also be engaged. The late Edna E. Kimbro, an architectural conservator and historian, was a founding member of the California Missions Studies Association; Julia G. Costello is an expert on archaeology and cultural resources, California missions in particular; and Tevvy Ball is a history writer and editor. The book is oversize (9.5x10.75", with attractive page design and generous-sized display of the visuals. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The story of the Spanish missions is one of the epics in the history of California. Founded in the late eighteenth century by Franciscan missionaries, designed by artisans from Mexico and Europe, and built and decorated largely by Native Americans, the missions were complex institutions of colonial industry, where European and indigenous cultures mingled and European technologies took root in new soil. Secularized and largely abandoned in the 1830s and 1840s, the missions fell into decline, only to be rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, when the mission story was transformed into a romantic myth that defined California in the popular imagination. While much fine scholarship has cast new light on the missions, surprisingly little has found its way into books written for general audiences. The present volume seeks to update the story of missions by focusing both on their material heritage--architecture, archaeology, art--and on their larger role in shaping the history and culture of California.

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 for each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892369836
Author:
Kimbro, Edna E.
Publisher:
Getty Publications
With:
Ball, Tevvy
Author:
null, Tevvy
Author:
Kimbro , Edna
Author:
Costello, Julia G.
Author:
null, Edna E.
Author:
Ball, Tevvy
Author:
null, Julia G.
Subject:
Missions, Spanish -- California.
Subject:
Spanish mission buildings -- California.
Subject:
United States - Pacific - California
Subject:
American - Hispanic American
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Architecture | Religious Art
Subject:
Art & Architecture | Religious Art
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Conservation and Cultural Heritage
Series Volume:
08
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
271
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
10.75 x 9.5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Buildings » Religious
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Christianity » Missionaries

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"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , The story of the Spanish missions is one of the epics in the history of California. Founded in the late eighteenth century by Franciscan missionaries, designed by artisans from Mexico and Europe, and built and decorated largely by Native Americans, the missions were complex institutions of colonial industry, where European and indigenous cultures mingled and European technologies took root in new soil. Secularized and largely abandoned in the 1830s and 1840s, the missions fell into decline, only to be rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, when the mission story was transformed into a romantic myth that defined California in the popular imagination. While much fine scholarship has cast new light on the missions, surprisingly little has found its way into books written for general audiences. The present volume seeks to update the story of missions by focusing both on their material heritage--architecture, archaeology, art--and on their larger role in shaping the history and culture of California.

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 for each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

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