Trinity University Press

Ray Hernández-Durán

Ray Hernández-Durán is an associate professor of Ibero-American colonial art and architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Hayes Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of numerous articles on the art of colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico and The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and A Historiography of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855–1934.

San Antonio 1718

Three hundred years ago San Antonio was a outpost of presidios and missions on the edge of northern New Spain, imposing Spanish political and religious principles on this contested, often hostile region. The city’s many Catholic missions bear architectural witness to the time of their founding, but few have walked these sites without wondering who once lived there and what they saw, valued,...