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THE ART & LEGACY OF BERNARDO MIERA Y PACHECO: NEW SPAIN'S EXPLORER, CARTOGRAPHER AND ARTIST. Ed. by Josef Diaz. Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2013. Distributed by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. 152 pp. with 71 ills. (57 col.). 27 x 22 cm. LC 2013-23045 ISBN 9780890135853 In English.
Publisher's description: A native of Burgos, in northern Spain, Bernardo Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785) drew the first maps of New Mexico and the Four Corners region, and many art historians consider Miera the first New Mexico santero, working in the baroque style of his native Spain while creating New World images that would influence later santeros. The full extent of his art, life, and works are the focus of this long-anticipated book that discusses Miera's remarkable contributions as artist, explorer, and cartographer. Miera would have been remembered just for his exquisite paintings and religious sculptures, but he also had a multifaceted intellectual curiosity which led him to explore a diverse range of endeavors... He was one of the foremost early cartographers of the region's vast uncharted lands... Miera became a well-known and sought-after source for religious images due to his diverse artistic talents, skillfulness in making sacred images, and his understanding of religious iconography... The book documents all surviving works and includes prototypes in Mexico City and the artist's native Spain. The insightful essays by leading scholars create a portrait of a complex and talented individual who lived in a remote place that invited him to innovate and diversify his interests.
Artist(s):Miera y Pacheco, Bernardo
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — 1600-1800 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156417
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