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The Village Churches of Santiago de Guatemala, 1524-1773

This exhibit is on display in the Sherman Art Library 6/12/18 - 11/11/18

This beautiful work documents the remaining sixteenth-century village churches in and around Santiago de Guatemala. Original pen and ink drawings of the twenty-two churches were transferred to metal relief plates, printed and hand-colored by Grove Oholendt.  The prints are accompanied by letterpress books, in English and in Spanish, with text by Catherine Docter. The books include twenty-two tipped-in photographs by Mitchell Denburg, documenting the churches. Each volume is covered in traditional Mayan hand-woven petate paper weaving and the woodcut endpapers are printed by the Guatemalan artist Guillermo Maldonado.

Catherine Docter was inspired to document the beauty of the architectural facades of these village churches, which are falling into disuse and disrepair.  This beautifully crafted edition serves as a testament to the beauty of Guatemala’s colonial baroque architecture, surviving nearly 500 years.

Village Church of Santiago de Guatemala

Libros San Cristobal is a fine book press and atelier located in Antigua, Guatemala. This press produces limited edition fine books and portfolios on Central American subject matter.  Libros San Cristobal is one of the only fine press publishers making books about the region, in the region.

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