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Quasthoff, Donna Elizabeth  Search this
Architectural firm:
McHugh, Lloyd and Associates  Search this
Shidoni Foundry  Search this
Weston Studios  Search this
De Niza, Marcos, Fray  Search this
De Varga, Diego, Don  Search this
Laghi, Pio, Archbishop  Search this
Sanchez, Robert F., Archbishop  Search this
Panels: bronze with patina; Doors: oak
Indian  Search this
Hispanic  Search this
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by Archdiocese of Santa Fe 223 Cathedral Place Santa Fe New Mexico 87501
Located St. Francis Cathedral Church 131 Cathedral Place Santa Fe New Mexico
1986. Dedicated Oct. 1986
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New Mexico survey, 1993.
Modern Casting, April 1987, pg. 47-49.
Image on file.
Modern Casting, April 1987, pg. 47.
Shidoni (S) (On far left panel, left door:) Donna Elizabeth Quasthoff (copyright symbol) (On 13 other panels:) D.E.Q. (copyright symbol) (On right door, second panel on right:) D.E.Q. (copyright symbol)/14 (On right door, third panel:) D.E.Q. (copyright symbol)/13 (On first panel, in flag:) NUEVA MEXICO/1583 (Many panels have a year inscribed in them, one on each panel in various locations incorporated into the design:) 1598 / 1680 / 1693 / 1790 / 1846 / 1852 / 1869 / 1880 / 1960 / 1986 signed Founder's mark appears.
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
A series of 16 bronze door panels depicting the history of the Catholic church in New Mexico. Panels are reliefs and are done in Romanesque style. The first panel depicts Fray Marcos de Niza when he first sighted the Zuni Pueblos. Another panel shows Gen. Don Diego de Varga kneeling before a Franciscan friar, formally returning the city and mission to the mayor and clergy after the "reconquest" from the Indians. Another plaque depicts the Spanish colonists retreating from the burning village in the 1680 Pueblo Rebellion. The last panel depicts the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Pio Laghi, assisted by Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, celebrating the centenary of St. Francis Cathedral while an Indian woman signs the Our Father in Tewa.
Between the panels and around the outer edge of the doors is decorative bronze trim patterned in an intricate design. The door handles are an integral part of this trim, and are in the shape of stylized lions, with hind feet and tail at the bottom of the handles, heads near the top and fore-feet stretched above the head.
Religion--Catholicism  Search this
History--United States--New Mexico  Search this
Ceremony--Religion--Mass  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Bishop  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Archbishop  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Animal--Lion  Search this
Ethnic--Pueblo  Search this
Ethnic--Zuni  Search this
Ethnic--Tewa  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Architecture--Religious--St. Francis Cathedral  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Control number:
IAS NM000432
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums