Sunday, April 30, 2017

"St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe"

This is my fourth painting of a New Mexico church, the first one dates back to 2001, of Chimayo. Earlier this year I painted the San Ysidro Church, in Corrales, and earlier this month was the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe.

Billed as the most photographed building in Santa Fe, the St. Francis Cathedral stands today on the site where a small mission church originally stood. That mission church was burned down during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. After the Spanish regained control in 1692, a more substantial adobe church, La Parroquia was built and remained in place for nearly 200 years.

In 1884, La Parroquia was replaced by St. Francis Cathedral, overseen by Jean Baptiste Lamy, who was immortalized by Willa Cather in her Pulitzer Prize winning "Death Comes For The Archbishop" (1927). The new stone cathedral was built around and over the old church, in an odd mixture of French Gothic and Romanesque, but it was never completed. The intended twin spires, meant to be built on both sides of the entry way were never finished, due to a lack of funds.

"St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe"
24" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas

Cathedrally Yours,TONY


kevin said...

Great painting. I only wish i had a talent in that area.

I hope that you have had a great day.

Kev in NZ

The Thunderbird said...

I wish I did too. Had a GREAT day. Saw you on the LOCAL news (the mud flow).


knottyboy said...

The fluidity of the painting almost has an underlying message about catholicism or the church itself. Religious artwork in general leaves me cold. But this painting adds a touch of humor and depth that would otherwise be lacking in my mind.

The Thunderbird said...

Oh yes. His churches have that carnival fun house "Hall of Mirrors" quality that appeals to me. Slightly nuts looking, and a bit "crazy". I find that matches what started as a good idea (spirituality) has become (whacky cults of artificial, man-made superstitions). There are a few good ones. Lewis has found a good church and Methodists are not too bad. But some of the others...looney tunes, inc.