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The Doors of San Miguel de Allende

The Doors of San Miguel de Allende
Robert de Gast
San Francisco, CA : Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994
NA3010 .D35 1994

San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque town located near the center of Mexico in the state of Guanajuato. One of the oldest towns in the country, it was originally established in the mid 1500s by a Franciscan priest and eventually was named after Ignacio Allende, one of the leaders of the 1810 rebellion against Spanish rule. The town has always been an arts and crafts center, and since the mid 1900s, when two art schools were established there, it has become an important cultural center, offering classes, workshops, plays, concerts and exhibitions year round. It is no surprise that this intellectually stimulating, casually sophisticated and historically fascinating town has become the destination of choice for American and Canadian tourists and expatriates and Mexican vacationers.

The Historic District of San Miguel occupies about one square mile in the center of town and is characterized by uneven, bumpy stone roads, confusing street signs and a charm wholly its own. When photographer Robert de Gast first visited San Miguel in 1987 he was particularly fascinated by its doors: doors of mansions, houses, stables, churches, banks, studios and stores. They all seemed to speak to the artistic sensibilities of the community, as well as to its history and age. He returned five years later to document these doors; eighty of his photographs from that trip have been selected for this book.

The spirit of San Miguel de Allende is passionately evident in these pictures. As the doors reveal so much about the town - through their colors, designs, purposes and ages - they also leave us to wonder what lies behind them and to imagine entering them as guests invited to be part of the lives and traditions of such a unique place.

Quoted from dustjacket.