Saints in Art - A Guide to Imagery Series

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Catalog Code: 9780892367177

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Christian saints have been the objects of reverence and fascination throughout the past two millennia. Their likenesses, heroic acts, prayerful lives, and stories of martyrdom have been portrayed frequently in art of diverse media. Unfamiliar with the saints and their images and symbols, viewers of art may find it challenging to identify, for example, which saint is represented as a monk with an ax through his head, or a beautiful girl holding a wheel, or a woman carrying her eyes on a plate.

From Agatha to Zeno, Francis of Assisi to Mary Magdalene, Saints in Art presents the characteristic features of more than one hundred saints often encountered in sacred Western art. Each saint is introduced by a practical list of his or her unique attributes. Entries also include notes on the saints' lives and a series of visual references to help the reader recognize these exemplary figures, their histories, and their special devotions. This useful resource is illustrated with a stunning collection of masterpieces.

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This item received 5 stars overall. Beautiful images of the saints for inspiration and education

The J. Paul Getty museum's "Guide to Imagery" series is a wonderful resource for educators and anyone interested in visual portrayals of religious figures, and their Saints in Art  volume is no exception.  The series is intended to help reacquaint us with the symbolic vocabulary artists have utilized over the centuries to convey rich levels of meaning in a single work of art. As a relative novice to the art history world, I have learned a great deal just from thumbing through this book.  It contains artwork devoted to saints both well-known (St. Anne, St. Joan of Arc, St. John the Baptist) and less prominent (St. Florian, St. Januarius of Benevento, St. Petronilla).
The images collected in Saint in Art are not intended to act as a hall of fame for the most widely venerated saints throughout the world, but rather serve to show us t Full Review...

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