Sunday, March 3, 2013

More San Xavier

Yesterday's post introduced the architecture of San Xavier del Bac with a photo of the entire church structure. Today we'll take a closer look at the walls around the church. The photo above shows the unusual circle and dash pattern in the wall along the front of the building. You can get a good idea of how deep the wall is from the opening on the right. Notice the crumbling stonework. The building was completed in 1797 and has gone through several restorations since then.

This photo shows the large pedestal columns that frame a gateway on the east side of the structure. In the distance you can see the circle and dash pattern in the outside wall. The graceful arching of the walls and gates that frame the church are evident in the tall doorway arch to the left in this photo.

My quickly drawn sketch of the second photo uses a pen and ink approach with some watercolor added for accent. This illustration is from my daily art journal.

Copyright 2013
Wanda Hayes Eichler

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