de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

The Saints of Mission Santa Clara: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Art

January 15 - June 12, 2011

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The Saints of Mission Santa Clara: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Art is an exhibition of twenty Mission-era paintings once belonging to Mission Santa Clara de Asís and now housed in the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection. The show, which is guest curated by Maureen Bourbin, presents new information identifying the saints and symbols depicted in these devotional paintings. Executed during the Spanish colonial period, the works reveal diverse artistic influences, largely the result of the Spanish empire's extensive trade network during this time period. This exhibition explores the origin of those influences and situates the pieces within the context of an international colonial art market. Many of the paintings included in The Saints of Mission Santa Clara are on public view for the first time since they came into the de Saisset Museum's collection.

Image, left to right: Nuestra Señora Refugio de Pecadores (Our Lady Refuge of Sinners), oil on wood, 18th century, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, A.15.42. Virgin of the Apocalypse, 1750, oil on canvas, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Gift of E.V. d'Berger, 1.314.
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History Collections

The de Saisset has an extensive California history collection featuring artifacts from the pre-contact period to the Mission Era, and including objects from Santa Clara Valley and the College.