The Mission Padres of California by Julius Ludovici
This is a collection of priceless pencil sketches of friars going about their daily lives. They were drawn in late 19th century and published in 1898.
Julius Ludovici (1837 – 1906) was a German artist who studied art in Antwerp and Paris before moving to the United States in 1851. He settled in New York but traveled widely in Europe, Cuba and the West Coast of the United States. He visited California for the first time in about 1860.
Ludovici was a successful painter who normally worked in oil. However, toward the end of the 19th century he drew a number of scenes from the lives of the missionaries, and published a limited edition of these drawings in a set titled Mission Padres of California. We are pleased to feature the entire set here.