A book of saints at once beautiful and profound
Saints in Art and History presents the lives of some 150 saints in chronological order, from the family of Jesus and the early Christian martyrs, to the founders of the great religious orders, to modern holy figures like Mother Teresa. This arrangement reveals the tremendous impact that the saints have had on the history of the Catholic faith, and on world history. The lives of the saints are illustrated not only with works of great art—by Memling, Raphael, and Bernini, among many others—but also by popular images, such as folk carvings and votive postcards.
A thoughtful introduction explores the nature of sainthood, the role of saints in Catholicism, and the significance of their images. Other special features include a visual dictionary of the saints’ attributes, and a map showing the patron saints of the nations of the world.
This attractive volume is at once a valuable resource for art historians and other scholars, and a splendid gift for Christmas or any occasion.
About the Author
Fernando Lanzi is a member of the Commission on Sacred Art and of the Institute for the History of the Church of the Diocese of Bologna. Together with Gioia Lanzi, he is the co-founder and director of the Centro Studi per la Cultura Popolare, which since 1976 has studied the expression of the sacred in all forms, such as sacred images, sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, creches, feasts, and music.
Gioia M. G. Lanzi is professor of Sacred Art at the Philosophical Dominican Studium in Bologna, which is associated with the Papal University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Together with Fernando Lanzi, she is the co-founder and director of the Centro Studi per la Cultura Popolare, which since 1976 has studied the expression of the sacred in all forms, such as sacred images, pilgrimages, and processions.