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A Tapestry of Kinship 9781890689087

A Tapestry of Kinship

The Web of Influence of Escultores and Carpinteros in the Parish of Santa Fe, 1790-1850

ISBN-10: 1890689084
ISBN-13: 9781890689087
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Product Description: During the first two decades of the nineteenth century a new provenance in the local production of religious art emerged in New Mexico, stemming from the parish of Santa Fe. In that period four notable santeros (escultores) of New Mexico's golden age of Spanish colonial art grew into maturity in Santa Fe and became sought after masters of locally created devotional art. Among their associates were carpenters of the previous and contemporary generations. A web of influence emerges from a study of family, occupations, and community in the social and religious lives of Jose Aragon, Jose Rafael Aragon, Jose Anastacio Casados, and Jose Manuel Benavides (a.k.a. Santo Nino Santero), escultores of the first half of nineteenth-century New Mexico. This book reveals the pattern of social relationships that connected these escultores with several families of carpenters through kinship, compadrazgo, and social occupations. These interrelations formed a tapestry of kinship that underscored the outburst of creativity in the production of religious devotional art among Nuevomejicanos. The breakthrough research of this book identifies a style of bultos attributed to Jose Anastacio Casados and highlights the familial relationship between Jose Aragon and Jose Rafael Aragon. Also, the identification of potential mentors of the escultores of the parish of Santa Fe opens a new chapter in the study of the classic period of New Mexican Catholic devotional art. REVIEWS: This is a meticulous and scholarly retracing of bloodlines as well as other means of interconnection amid faithful artists and carvers.-- Midwest Book Reviews The authors combine exhaustive documentary research with stylistic and technical analysis of actual pieces. -- New Mexico Historical Review This book is recommended for genealogists dealing with Hispanic families and the general reader interested in New Mexico's religious art. -- Colonial Latin American Historical Review This well-documented text ... is a lovely little book, one that all who have an interest in the religious art of New Mexico will want to read. -- Southwestern Mission Research Center SMRC Revista It's a serious work but written invitingly so that everyone from the most devoted collector of art to the once-in-a-while shopper at Spanish Market can enjoy what Carrillo and Esquibel have discovered. -- The New Mexican

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