The Mystery of Love: Saints in Art Through the Centuries

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A lavishly illustrated volume explores the images of saints in thirty-one of history's most significant works of art, providing accompanying meditations that consider such topics as spiritual love and how the works can promote faith.

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Sister Wendy Beckett is a Carmelite nun and the popular host of a variety of BBC television series, including Sister Wendy's Odyssey,Sister Wendy's Grand tour, and The Story of Painting. She is rapidly becoming familiar to American audiences through her programs here on public television. She is the author of a number of books, including The Mystical Now: Art and the Sacred, A Children's Book of Prayer in Art, and The Gaze of Love. Born in South Africa, raised in Scotland, and educated at Oxford University, Sister Wendy currently resides in a hermitage in Norfolk, England.

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Carmelite nun and art critic Sister Wendy is an expert in classic and contemporary art alike: here she reviews the appearance of saints in art through the centuries, considering how the saints were depicted, the lasting importance and influence of historic masterpieces, and the subject of each painting. Excellent color plates of the paintings accompany Beckett's appreciative and critical comments, which include plenty of background for novices. -- Midwest Book Review

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