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Paintings of California Missions

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98.     [CALIFORNIA MISSIONS]. Six oil paintings depicting California missions, canvas stretched over board, each painting signed: "F. Mela Medina, fecit"; all with coat of arms at lower center and explanatory text painted in red beneath; heavy gilt frames. Some yellowing and craquelure, generally very good condition. Santa Barbara canvas slightly out of frame.

MISSION SAN DIEGO. Misión Franciscana | S. Diego de Alcalá. 79.3 x 98.2 cm.

MISSION SANTA BARBARA. Misión Franciscana | Santa Barbaras. 79.7 x 99 cm.

MISSION SAN CARLOS BORROMEO. Misión Franciscana | S. Carlos Borromeo de Rio Carmelo. 79 x 98.2 cm.

MISION SANTA CLARA. Misión Franciscana | de Santa Clara de Asís. 80 x 98.2 cm.

MISSION SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS. Misión Franciscana | San Francisco de Asís. 79.7 x 98.5 cm.

MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA. Misión Franciscana | San Buenaventura. 79.7 x 98.2 cm.

     These paintings were found in Spain, in a fifteenth-century monastery at Palma del Rio, Cordoba, where they hung in one of its corridors. At one time the monastery was Franciscan, and Father Junípero Serra sojourned there before going to the New World, where he established the chain of missions that led to the civil settlement of California. The paintings were created for the monastery after 1935 to commemorate the monastery’s connection to Father Serra and California history. It is not known when they were painted but they were in the monastery in 1964. The paintings, which are somewhat primitive in execution, are based on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century prints and original works of art.

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Auction 22 Abstracts

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