The Bible and the Saints
Throughout centuries of European history, the legends of the Bible and the saints have provides an extraordinary source of artistic inspiration. Yet the full complexity of their representation and iconography often remains unknown, even to the most erudite art specialists.
This fully illustrated volume-the first in a series of easy-to-use and authoritative Flammarion Iconographic Guides-identifies over five hundred Christian saints and other characters from the Old and New Testaments, providing clear and precise definitions of the attributes by which they are known in Western and Byzantine art.
Further subjects covered include the apocrypha, significant religious scenes, and the rich and fascinating symbolism associated with objects, numbers, colors, and a complete bestiary of both real and imaginary beasts-the lion and the lamb, the dragon and the unicorn.
The extraordinary array of visual material, drawn exclusively from paintings, engravings, manuscripts, and sculptures from the early Christian era to the Counter-Reformation, and an extensive system of cross-references make this handy and beautifully designed guide an invaluable resource for scholars, students, travellers, museum-goers, and anyone interested in discovering the full significance of the greatest masterpieces of European art.
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Abraham altarpiece angel Annunciation Antony apostles appears archangel artists Attributes Augustine became Bible Bibliography Bibliotheque Nationale bishop Byzantine catacomb Cathedral Chapel Chartres Cathedral child Christ Christian Church Cross Cross-references crown crozier Crucifixion cult cycle David depicted dragon Egypt eleventh century episode Evangelists father Feast day fifteenth century figure Florence fourteenth century France French fresco German Golden Legend Gospel Greek hand heaven Italian Jerusalem Jesus John the Baptist Judas king Kunsthistorisches Museum Last Judgment Latin Lazarus lion Lord Louvre Luke Magi Martyr martyrdom Mary Magdalene Matt medieval middle ages miracle mosaic Moses motif Musee Museum National Gallery Padua paleochristian Paris patron saint Paul Peter prophet Raphael Reau Representation and Iconography Resurrection Roman Rome Samson scene seventeenth century shown shows Sibyl sixteenth sixth century Spanish St John symbol theme thirteenth century Thomas Becket Tradition Tree Tree of Jesse tury twelfth century Variant Venice Vincent of Saragossa Virgin wearing