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Treasures of heaven : saints, relics, and devotion in medieval Europe

Author: Martina Bagnoli; Cleveland Museum of Art.; Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.); British Museum.; et al
Publisher: [Cleveland, Ohio] : Cleveland Museum of Art ; Baltimore : Walters Art Museum ; London : The British Museum ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, ©2010.
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Drawing together an array of treasured objects from collections throughout Europe and the United States, this beautifully illustrated volume examines the medieval cult of relics- the physical remains of holy men and women, and things associated with them. Relics connected Christian faithful with sacred places and people who died as martyrs of their faith. Believed to contain the same power that had animated saints  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martina Bagnoli; Cleveland Museum of Art.; Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.); British Museum.; et al
ISBN: 9780911886740 0911886745 9780300168273 0300168276
OCLC Number: 601347890
Notes: Issued in connection with an exhibition held Oct. 17, 2010-Jan. 17, 2011, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Feb. 13-May 15, 2011, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and June 23-Oct. 9, 2011, the British Museum, London.
Description: xviii, 259 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 32 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1, From tomb to altar: --
The religion of relics in late antiquity and Byzantium / Derek Krueger --
Relics and their veneration / Arnold Angenendt; --
Catalog 1-35 --
Pt. 2, Gathering the saints: --
Sacred things and holy bodies : collecting relics from late antiquity to the early Renaissance / Holger A. Klein --
"Non est in toto sanctior orbe locus" : collecting relics in early medieval Rome / Guido Cornini ; Catalogue 36-54; --
Pt. 3, Ritual and performance: --
Relics, liturgical space, and the theology of the church / Éric Palazzo --
From altar to amulet : relics, portability, and devotion / James Robinson --
Catalogue 55-76; --
Pt. 4, Matter of faith: --
The stuff of heaven : materials and craftsmanship in medieval reliquaries / Martina Bagnoli --
"A brilliant resurrection" : enamel shrines for relics in Limoges and Cologne, 1100-1230 / Barbara Drake Boehm --
The spectacle of the charismatic body : patrons, artists, and body part reliquaries / Cynthia Hahn --
Catalogue 77-124; --
Pt. 5, Beyond the Middle Ages: --
The afterlife of the reliquary / Alexander Nagel --
Catalogue 125-139.
Other Titles: Saints, relics, and devotion in medieval Europe
Responsibility: edited by Martina Bagnoli ... [et al.].

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Drawing together an array of treasured objects from collections throughout Europe and the United States, this beautifully illustrated volume examines the medieval cult of relics- the physical remains of holy men and women, and things associated with them. Relics connected Christian faithful with sacred places and people who died as martyrs of their faith. Believed to contain the same power that had animated saints during their lifetime, relics bridged the gap between heaven and earth. To signal their sacred nature, medieval artists fashioned special containers for relics in precious materials and encrusted them with gems. Enshrined in alters of churches and used in the liturgy as well as in public rituals, relics functioned as objects of public and private devotion, carried home from pilgrimages to the Holy Land and sites throughout Europe or worn on the body as protective amulets enclosed in rings or pendants. In essays and catalogue entries, an international group of scholars traces the making of reliquaries from the earliest days of Christianity to the apogee of the practice in the sixteenth century, exploring how medieval artists invented new ways to express the power of sacred remains and the role that relics played in the development of the visual arts in both Eastern Christianity (Byzantium) and Western Christendom. This book also tracks the fate of relics and reliquaries in the wake of the Reformation, anti-clerical movements, and the French Revolution. This book sheds fascinating new light on some 140 extraordinary and rare reliquaries and related objects, including precious metalwork, paintings, sculptures, and illuminated manuscripts, from sources ranging from the Lateran Palace in Rome to European cathedral treasuries and small parish churches. -- from Book Jacket

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