Heavenly Bodies (inbunden)
Inbunden (Hardback)
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Thames & Hudson Ltd
90 in colour 105 illustrations
15 Illustrations, black and white; 90 Illustrations, color
254 x 184 x 25 mm
843 g
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Heavenly Bodies (inbunden)

Heavenly Bodies

Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

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Following on the success of his book The Empire of Death , which has attracted a global cult following, Paul Koudounaris brings the catacomb saints out of the darkness with this astonishing volume, which includes arresting images of more than seventy spectacular jeweled skeletons and the fascinating stories of dozens more, accompanied by rare archive material. This is the first time that some of these incredible relics - both intriguing historical artifacts and masterpieces of artistic craftsmanship in their own right - have appeared in a publication, with Koudounaris gaining unprecedented access to photograph in some of the most secretive religious establishments in Europe. This will be essential reading for goths, art historians and everyone in between.
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'Suitable for goths, art historians and everyone in between ... Incredible relics' - Book Depository 'The grinning, bejewelled catacomb saints who stare our from the pages of Koudounaris challenge us to engage in deeper exercises, spiritual and intellectual; to recreate lost forms of devotional life; to understand how they inspired and deformed the study of the Christian past; and to imagine what it felt like to believe that the gauze-wrapped skeleton in your church was a time lord, whose sight and touch could help to save your soul' - The London Review of Books 'Bling from the edges of eternity' - Annie Lennox 'It's utterly spectacular, hugely interesting and almost unbelievable' - All About History

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Paul Koudounaris has a doctorate in Art History from the University of California and has written widely on European ossuaries and charnel houses for both academic and popular journals.


Introduction: Blessed Bones * 1. Holy Bodies: Relics and the Roman Catacombs * 2. The Church Triumphant: Constructing the Catacomb Saints * 3. Communal Property: Jeweled Skeletons and Civic Identity 4. The Mighty Will Fall: The End of the Reign of the Catacomb Saints Notes, Acknowledgments, List of Sites, Index