Of course, this is a post-medieval, new-world site (the
church dates from 1756), but it is important to remember that the
crusading spirit lived on via missionary work; conquest was
replaced by conversion. In this statue, Capistrano (centre) is clearly
depicted as a crusader, sporting sixteenth-century armour. Note the
iconographic consistency with Capystranus: Capistrano stands
behind his first "Captain" and beckons toward Mary.|
For more information on Mission San Juan Capistrano, visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park website.
Nikon FE, 28mm f/3.5 Nikkor lens, Kodachrome 64
Photo Copyright © S. H. A. Shepherd, 1992.