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Splendors of Faith/Scars of Conquest sheds light on the tensions, traditions, and talents behind the mission enterprise

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Splendors of Faith/Scars of Conquest: The Arts of the Missions of Northern New Spain, 1600-1821, the first exhibition of its kind to explore the rich artistic legacy of the Franciscan and Jesuit mission churchesin what is now Northern Mexico, Southwestern United States, and California. On view February 26 through May 29, 2011, this extraordinary exhibition, which originated at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Mexico City), features 110 objects from collections in Mexico, the United States, and Europe—including masterpieces from the missions themselves—shown together for the first time. OMCA is the only California venue for this internationally traveling exhibition and one of only two venues in the United States.

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