The Morley Collection of Spanish Colonial Ecclesiastical Art (Pamphlet)


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Author: None cited (Corporate, School of American Research)

Publisher: Archaeological Institute of America

Pub Date: 1945

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Fair to Good.  Ex-library.  Library stamps on upper front cover edge, library sticker on lower front cover at spine edge.  Library card and envelope and label on inside rear cover.  One handwritten note on front cover.  Some sunning to spine.

Notes: Papers of the School of American Research.  This is more a program than an exhibit catalog.  Opens with the formal proffer and acceptance of the collection by the Museum of New Mexico,  a letter from Morley, a speech by Edgar Hewett, Morley’s description of the collection, and a short essay by the then Archbishop of Santa Fe.  Morley began the collection in 1917, after the Christmas earthquake in Guatemala. (“I saw Guatemala City literally disintegrate before my eyes during that terrible Christmas night of 1917.” p. 13)   The Catholic Church authorized the sale of any “surplus ecclesiastical material” to get money to re-roof churches damaged by the earthquake.  Morley was in the right place at the wrong time (or vice versa) , and it was “first come, first served”.  Morley was able to purchase furniture, vestments, hangings, draperies, carved wooden figures, carved wooden altar-columns and reredos (an altarpiece or screen from behind an altar), paintings, silver, parchment books, bells, reliquaries, and a figure of the crucified Christ, carved from ivory (probably carved in the Phillipines).  Tragedy creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  VERY RARE.  NO copies available for sale.


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