Wooden sculptures and relief paintings of saints such as St. Francis, the Blessed Virgin, and Apostles of Christ have for centuries been objects of devotion and worship in the Southwest Catholic culture. This centuries-old heritage is celebrated here through photographs, essay, and literary quotes that beautifully bring the devotion into focus.
Crafting saints has always been seen as a high calling. These santeros and santeras (saint makers) created santos―images of saints, Christ, the Trinity, and Holy Family―painting them on wooden panels called retablos. They carved and painted wooden sculptures called bultos. And if they built a home chapel, they carved and painted an altar screen, or altar retablo, called a reredos, that was made up of smaller retablos and sometimes adorned with bultos.
John Annerino is the author and photographer of seventeen distinguished photography books and thirty-two single-artist calendars, including The Virgin of Guadalupe (Gibbs Smith), Ancient America, New Mexico Wild & Scenic, Arizona Wild & Scenic, and the awardwinning books Desert Light, Indian Country, Grand Canyon Wild, Canyons of the Southwest, The Wild Country of Mexico, and Roughstock: The Toughest Events in Rodeo (acclaimed by the Rodeo Hall of Fame). He lives in Tucson.
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John Annerino’s book is informative, inspirational, and has the beautiful photographs for which he is known. I first opened the book in the silence of the early morning when I was sure to have no distractions or interruptions. I immediately found myself “being in the moment”, totally immersed in the subject. The chapter “Hallowed Passages” is especially enjoyable. I felt like I was joining the author on his spiritual journey to the San Xavier del Bac Mission as he made colorful observations of the warm desert surroundings outside and then entered the cool interior. His photographs show beautifully crafted saints and angels and richly decorated walls of frescos in brilliant colors and gold guilt. History of the mission is well noted along the journey. It is especially informative. I really loved the poetic quotes throughout the book. It was wonderful to read. If you've ever visited the De Grazia Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, Arizona or the San Xavier...
The images in John Annerinos' book are just beautiful and the photography is as good as it gets. I believe the author was careful and took his time with his choice of images.The art in this book covers hundreds of years, starting with San Xavier Del Bac and leading up to present times, using images from contemporary artists such as the iconic Native Arizona born Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia and Ginny Moss Rothwell. Anyone who loves or has interest in religious art of the southwest will love this book. The only thing about this book that I didn't like was the color of the cover..anything but Pink!!! L.Laber
One of my hobbies is creating/carving santos. This book is awesome with regard to photographic detail and condition. It was worth the money. I would buy from them again.
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