Mountain Press Publishing Missoula Montana

Saints and Saintmakers of New Mexico


Media: Paperback

Item #: 1074   Price: $24.95
ISBN: 1-889921-02-5
Pages: 144   Size: 7 x 10

Distributed by Mountain Press for: Western Edge Press


When it was first published in 1946, Saints and Saintmakers was the first popularly written scholarly book devoted to the art of santos (images of saints) in 18th- and 19th-century New Mexico. Locally made, in the form of either bultos, carved wooden figures, or retablos, painted wooden panels, santos were the predominant form of religious images in churches and homes between 1750 nand 1850. Santos represent one of the great traditional arts of America-a tradition that continues to this day.

Saints and Saintmakers, by E. Boyd, the renown Spanish colonial arts scholar, is the classic work on santos and the santeros who made them. The text, still considered the seminal work on the subject, has been updated, with new material added, by Robin Farwell Gavin, curator of Spanish colonial art at the Museum of International Folk Art. Twenty-four photographs, mostly of the same santos as those in the original text, have been retaken and are beautifully reproduced here in full color, along with black-and-white photos.

This book will interest artisans, collectors, folklorists, historians, anthropologists, and anyone who is curious about the traditional arts of the southwest.