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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe

Edited by Martina Bagnoli, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann, and James Robinson

Drawing together a vast array of treasured objects from collections throughout Europe and the United States, this beautifully illustrated volume, accompanying an exhibition organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, and the British Museum, examines the cult of sacred relics, and the extraordinary works of art that enshrined them, 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 sixteenth century, the book considers the importance of reliquaries 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.

This publication accompanied an exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, February 13, 2011-May 15, 2011.

278 pages
12.2”h x 10.2”w
Hardcover

 

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