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Saints and Their Symbols: Recognizing Saints in Art and in Popular Images

Lanzi, Fernando; Lanzi, Gioia

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ISBN 10: 0814629709 / ISBN 13: 9780814629703
Published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN, 2004
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Title: Saints and Their Symbols: Recognizing Saints...

Publisher: Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Brand New / MINT

Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New / MINT

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Christian saints, in both the East and in the West, have historically been associated with particular accoutrements or "attributes" by which they are identified. Through such associations, these saints come to life in visual imagery and iconography, in statuary, and in the popular imagination. In the course of time, however, such attributes have become dimmed in the minds of many. Saints and Their Symbols: Recognizing Saints in art and in Popular Images revivifies these saintly attributes and enhances foremost in the minds of its readers the associations built up by tradition.
For those unacquainted with the traditional attributes associated with the saints, this book will serve as a useful introduction. For those who have pondered the reason for a particular object's or characteristic's universal connection with a saint's image, this volume will provide, through narrative context, the "why" of the association in the first place and the reasons for its continuity down through the ages.
Short biographies anchor the saints in their legendary and historical exploits, almost all of which are accompanied by beautiful photographs illustrating the saints' distinctive attributes.
Situated initially through the introduction, the saints' histories that follow are further cross-referenced with an accessible iconographic dictionary and a useful index of the saints' emblems.

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Images that tell the story of salvation illustrate saints in various scenes. They are often depicted by an emblem or icon. It used to be that we knew enough about the saints to recognize them in images or artworks without much trouble, but it is becoming a struggle.Saints and Their Symbols is a solution. It is a guide for recognizing and understanding the saints. This text explains such things as why so many of the saints appear in images with Jesus and the Virgin Mary, yet remain unnamed, which symbols are associated with each saint, and what their roles were in Christian salvation. With full-color images and biographical information about the saints, it is a work of popular religious culture and anthropology.?It will be a useful addition to art collections.? CHOICE?This excellent oversized book gives us the keys to recognizing saints in art by noticing their symbols and the attributes that identify them.? Catholic Library World?This will be useful for most reference and art libraries due to the rich variety of illustrations and the brilliant treatment it gives to helping us decode the pictorial language that artists use to show our saints.? Catholic Library World?A handsome, illustrated book that will make a thoughtful and much-appreciated gift for almost anyone. This books is more than a visual treat; it is a work of scholarship whose contents (including short biographies) ground the saints in both their historical and legendary contexts.? America Catholic Book Club Newsletter?Saints and their Symbols will make for a lovely coffee table book and should appeal to all who are interested in the lives and legacies of the treasures of heaven.? Catholic Studies?Saints and their Symbols: Recognizing Saints in Art and in Popular Images is a wonderful resource for images and historical information.? National Catholic Reporter?The art reproductions are excellent, and the indexes by names and by keywords are helpful. There is much to ponder here about the incarnational faith that we share with marvelous people all through the centuries.? Review for Religious?For its comprehensiveness, attractiveness, and usefulness as a reference, this work is patently a leading work in its field.? The Midwest Book Review?In elaborate paintings, sketches, illustrations, photographs and detailed, interpretive texts, this oversized and brilliantly colorful book is not just a feast for the eyes but nourishment for mind and heart as well. The authors are experts in their field and the commentaries are addressed to our own times. Mindful that Christian faith includes the communion of saints, as the creed attests, those who gaze in wonder at the book?s contents may well find themselves stimulated to more generous service in their daily lives.? Prairie Messenger"A wonderful feature of this book, unlike others out there, is that the authors usually explain the reasons for a particular saint's job as patron through delightfully trivial facts." Pastoral Music

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