A Visual Guide

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Combines brief biographies of 137 popular saints with sculpture, fresco, marble and stone relief, stained glass, woodcut, prayer card, plaster, and mosaic images.


There are plenty of guides to the saints, but this is the only one that will help you identify the saint that you are looking at.

Taking the 140 most popular and widely represented saints (from the earliest — the apostles, up to Padre Pio and others from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries) the authors provide brief accounts of the saint’s achievements (or legend) and details of their conventional attributes — usually tools of their trade or the instruments of their martyrdom. Then they provide a clear and unambiguous color representation of the saint, taken from sources the world over, often from popular imagery such as playing cards, inn signs, or advertisements, as well as from high and low art.

Usefully, there is a comprehensive reference index identifing saints by things associated with them — from anchors (St. Clement) to wounds (St. Roch if in the leg, St. Rita if in the brow). Practical, attractive, and well-informed this little book will be invaluable for students and lovers of art of all ages.

Blackwell North Amer
San Antonio, St. Patrick, St. Paul, even Santa Claus - these are just a few of the many saint names familiar to everybody. Yet how many of us know the stories behind the saints whose names and images surround us? In this guide Edward and Lorna Mornin combine informed descriptions of more than 130 popular saints with images from both high and low art collected over decades of travel. They go beyond familiar portrayals to lesser-known but enlightening images of famous saints, not only in traditional art but also in such modest media as prayer and playing cards, coats of arms, commercial signs, and the like. Practical, and brimming with information, this book will be an invaluable field guide for everyone, even the most seasoned "saint spotter."

Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006
ISBN: 9780802832498
Characteristics: 296 p. : col. illus. ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Mornin, Lorna


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