Richly illustrated with examples of eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century art from northern New Mexico's village churches,
Santos is an in-depth investigation into the artistic
heritage of the New Mexican santero (saint maker). It is also an
important study of northern New Mexican artisans and their craft.
Along with photographer Jack Parsons, Marie Romero Cash visited
every church in the region and documented, identified, and measured
each santos. Together they photographed more than 500 pieces,
including 19 moradas (places of worship for Penitentes) and the
Archdiocese of Santa Fe Collection housed at the Museum of
International Folk Art.
Cash's extensive research into these formerly "anonymous"
artisans fills a gap in the study of this unique form, making
Santos indispensable for art historians and the general reader
interested in the culture and art of the American Southwest.
Subjects: Art & Art History, Religion
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