Treasures of Heaven

Treasures of Heaven

Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe

Book - 2010
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Drawing together a vast array of treasured objects from collections throughout Europe and the United States, this beautifully illustrated volume examines the cult of sacred relics in greater depth and breadth than ever before. Tracing the making of reliquaries from the earliest days of Christianity to the apogee of the practice in the 16th century, the book considers the importance of reliquaries as markers of the divine in both Eastern Christianity (Byzantium) and Western Christendom. The book also tracks the fate of relics and reliquaries in the wake of the Reformation, anti-clerical movements, and the French Revolution.

An international group of scholars explores how medieval artists used earthly materials to construct the heavenly power of sacred objects and sheds fascinating new light on some 140 extraordinary and rare reliquaries from sources ranging from the Sancta Sanctorum of the Lateran Palace to cathedral treasuries to small parish churches.

Publisher: [Cleveland, Ohio] : Cleveland Museum of Art ; Baltimore : Walters Art Museum ; London : The British Museum ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780300168273
0300168276
Branch Call Number: 704.9482 Treasure
Characteristics: xviii, 259 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ;,32 cm.

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