Giffords approaches her subject with passion, clarity and precision. The quasi-encyclopedic nature of the study together with the well-selected, beautiful, and informative illustrations that accompany the text assure the book a prominent place in the relevant scholarship on the U.S. West, the Borderlands, the Southwest and Latin America.
—New Mexico Historical Review
Giffords' magisterial survey of architecture and arts of the region's Spanish colonial churches is perhaps the most useful of all.
— Southwestern Historical Quarterly
This excellent study will become the standard encyclopedia to which we will refer, both to support (or at least inform) our claims and to read in order to better understand the incredibly complex subject of churches and their decorations and contents in northern New Spain.
This beautifully illustrated, oversized, hard-bound volume is an absolute must for the library of any student of Spanish colonial missions.
—Journal of Arizona History