Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

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By (author) Paul Koudounaris

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 246mm x 24mm | 860g
  • Publication date: 8 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500251959
  • ISBN 13: 9780500251959
  • Illustrations note: 105 illustrations, 90 in colour
  • Sales rank: 18,181

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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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In telling the story of these extraordinary relics, Koudounaris makes a case for them as neglected masterpieces of religious art. . . . Koudounaris uncovers a lost world of religious devotion, in which sanctified remains could control the weather, save souls from purgatory, and serve as all-purpose patrons. "