The White Dove…details

Posted: February 7, 2023 in Art, Travel
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I thought you might enjoy a few details of the insides of The White Dove, Mission San Xavier del Baca, that I highlighted in yesterday’s post. So without further ado, let’s start looking a bit closer.

I like the brightly colored border that you can see beneath the well-worn carving. It adds a feeling of brightness and joy. Church should be a place filled with joy and light. In the Southwest, where we have lots of sunshine and many interiors have lots of white, the color is a perfect contrast and keeps the whiteness from being overwhelming. Outside it doesn’t matter. The blue sky makes the white building stand out.

More border and an attractively shaped border surrounding this statue, which has it’s own niche. The depth creates interest.

I really enjoyed the designs on the ceiling. At first glance, they appear almost childish but after looking more closely, some at least reminded me of some Grecian designs.

Again, there’s a colorful border with interesting shapes and lovely details but not an over-abundance. I like the simplicity. it’s not too busy.

Finally, I imagine you don’t normally imagine angels wearing this sort of outfit but after all, you’re in the Southwest United States. I think the decorations and designs should reflect the area where you find them.

Thanks for spending a bit more time enjoying the treasure that is The White Dove and I hope you’re also having a wonderful day!

  1. Smitha V says:

    Beautiful picture of the church. The angel’s dress is unique.I haven’t seen these kind anywhere else. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. bushboy says:

    Yep that is a bit of a raunchy angel. Never seen a pin-up angel eiuther

  3. Interesting angles.
    Love the narration.
    Thank you.

  4. julieallyn says:

    Interesting photos and details. I’m not at all religious but I do love the architecture and relics of churches. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Definitely a case of “if walls could talk”… These art pieces have definitely seen some history.

  6. It’s beautiful and so many of the colors are still vibrant. The angel is pretty unique!

  7. This image of this Church caught. attention. Thanks for sharing your writing. Anita

  8. DeWetsWild says:

    Nice to see the local “culture” reflected in their place of worship!

  9. restlessjo says:

    Great to have a closer look, Janet. I especially like that first angel, and the ceiling.