Title: Romance of the Bells: The California Missions in Art

Authors: Jean Stern, Gerald J. Miller, Pamela Hallan-Gibson and Norman Neuerberg

"Romance of the Bells" is an exceptionally beautiful art book and a superbly illustrated narrative on the California missions. The latest in a series of books on California art published by The Irvine Museum, "Romance of the Bells" illustrates the history of California's venerable missions through the eyes of artists working from 1850 to 1950. "It is a great pleasure to present this distinguished collection of paintings of the California missions as a joint endeavor of the Mission San Juan Capistrano and The Irvine Museum. The Capistrano mission is one of the oldest buildings in California, and I have always had a great affection for this historical treasure." "...I hope that those who read this book will enjoy the history and romance of California's treasured missions and appreciate the truly timeless quality of these beautiful paintings that are so much a part of California's history." Joan Irvine Smith, President, The Irvine Museum


8.5 x 11

ISBN: 0-9635468-5-6

Number of Pages: 128

Number of Photos: 120

Number of Color Photos: 95


ISBN number is for hardbound edition. Essays by Jean Stern, Gerald J. Miller, Pamela Hallan-Gibson and Norman Neuerberg. Published in 1995 in conjunction with an outdoor exhibition entitled "Romance of the Bells: the California Missions in Art," under the arcades at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and later at The Irvine Museum and elsewhere. Articles on California art as well as the history of California Missions by noted authorities in the field. A readable overview of California's historic missions and how they were represented in art.

Catalogue available through The Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1250, Irvine, CA 92715


Editor's note: We are proud of this volume as it was the result of early efforts on behalf of the founder of TFAOI to introduce Jean Stern and Joan Irvine Smith to art exhibition opportunities at the historic Mission. The inspiration for establishment of this enterprise can be traced directly back to this landmark outdoor exhibition at the Mission. As a result of the goodwill and prestige generated by this exhibition, John Hazeltine, Gerald Miller and other advocates of American traditional art succeeded in arranging for the Mission to host a series of well-received exhibitions in its gallery rooms and outdoor gardens in following months. The art calendar is now an established part of the cultural services of the Mission. Subsequent exhibitions featured individual living and deceased artists, group exhibitions by members of the California Art Club, members of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, and other offerings to the public. The art exhibition calendar for the Mission may be found in the Calendar of Events section of the TFAOI Resource Section. -- this review is dated July 1997


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