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A Gift of Angels: The Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac (Southwest Center Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Southwest Center Series
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816528403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816528400
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.5 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Weighing in at almost ten pounds, Fontana and McCain's effort promises to be comprehensive, and in some ways it is. The Mission, we learn, was first Jesuit, then Franciscan, was completed in 1797 on the Northern frontier of what was then New Spain and is now outside Tucson, and was built to evangelize the native people, the O'odham, who also provided most of the labor. There follows an overview of the structure and art on display, and a breakdown covering every painting and statue found inside. Fontana, an anthropologist who worships there, discusses each saint depicted in great depth. While not uninteresting, these mini-histories aren't specific to the Mission, and this, coupled with the fact that each artwork is discussed on its own rather than in context, makes it hard to get a sense of the place as a whole. Though the diagrams and photographs are lovely, readers may wish for a better sense of the spirit of the place people call The White Dove of the Desert and the Sistine Chapel of the New World. For that, perhaps, a pilgrimage is in order. 175 color photos. (Oct.)
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"This remarkable inventory of the church's riches in art, down to the last detail of interior and facade, is splendidly recorded by photographer Edward McCain in addition to Fontana's informative text."
California Territorial Quarterly

“A symphony of words and images and a fitting homage to the early Southwest’s greatest architectural monument. This book is a stunning achievement.” —John P. Schaefer, former president of the University of Arizona and co-founder of the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography

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The photographs are beautiful.
Carolyn lenz
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in furthering their knowledge of the Mission and the beliefs of the people.
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The history will take you by surprise and the mission will capture your heart like no other church has ever done before.
Carl F. Marquez

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ted J. Crews on October 27, 2010
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Author Bernard "Bunny" Fontana and photographer Edward McCain have created a beautiful masterpiece of photograhy and historical accounting of the art treasures contained within San Xavior. It is obvious this work was a passionate undertaking by these two. I had the luxury of knowing the author's son and therefore was able to be given updates throughout the course of the book's development. I can share that the end result exceeded everyone's expectations. I just purchased another copy as a gift for my own mother. This book is the epitomy of "a labor of love." We now have a rich and fulfilling record of the art and history of this important and cherished southwest Mission. At nine pounds, this book is substantial. But the artfullness of the pictures and story told through the words exceed the weight of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl F. Marquez on November 5, 2010
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Tucson, Arizona has the best church in the United States of America. The San Xavier Mission is the sistine chapel of the Southwest dessert. The history will take you by surprise and the mission will capture your heart like no other church has ever done before. For the people that go every weekend they call it home, but for the people that come to visit, they call it magical. This book will show the art, history and beautiful preservation of one of the oldest mission in the world. Bernard L. Fontana is a great author that really shows a side of this dessert jewel like no other before him. This book will not last long for sure and to have it is like having a piece of history in your very own book collection. Enjoy! We love you Bernard with love from Carl your alter boy.
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A GIFT OF ANGELS: THE ART OF MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC is simply stunning: a lavish, oversized presentation packing in color photos by Edward McCain with a survey of a mission built in the late 1700s. The mission is a destination for Catholics where locals and visitors pray to Saint Francis: its art, sculptures and paintings hold wide appeal both for arts and spirituality collections and the volume comes from an anthropologist who lives within a mile of the Mission. 200 gorgeous oversized color photos and a spiritual and artistic analysis make this an outstanding pick!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Ernest T. Nedder on November 26, 2010
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A Gift of Angels is just that a beautiful table top book. It is not only graphicaly pleasing but has much information.
Dr. Fontana has a wealth of information and insights into the art at the Mission San Xvier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn lenz on November 26, 2010
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this book was purchased new as a birthday gift for a friend. The photographs are beautiful. Ed McCain takes wonderful photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Fisher on December 17, 2010
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Different populations, cultures and religious beliefs seeded the magnificent small church known locally as "The White Dove of the Desert". Its history is provided by word anad picture in this magnificent volume - too heavy for the coffee table, maybe, but a must to own, browse, cruise, read and reread.
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This Book Is A Stunning And Well Researched Effort On The Art
Of San Xavier del Bac.The Author,Bernard Fontana's Knowledge
Of this subject is first-rate and it shows.Photos Are Incredible
Would recommend this book to anyone whether they are familiar with San Xavier
Or Not.Kudos To Dr.Fontana And Edward McCain.
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