Sister Wendy's Book of Saints

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Renowned art historian and television personality, Sister Wendy documents the lives and works of over 40 of the world's best-loved saints with her unique blend of humor and spiritual insight. Her reflections bring to life illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and icons, dating back to the seventh century. The works depict people of great spirituality3/4from the humble humanity of St. Anthony the Hermit to the courageous dignity of St. Agatha and the virgin martyrs. Sister Wendy's eloquent text discusses the art, ...
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Renowned art historian and television personality, Sister Wendy documents the lives and works of over 40 of the world's best-loved saints with her unique blend of humor and spiritual insight. Her reflections bring to life illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and icons, dating back to the seventh century. The works depict people of great spirituality3/4from the humble humanity of St. Anthony the Hermit to the courageous dignity of St. Agatha and the virgin martyrs. Sister Wendy's eloquent text discusses the art, while also chronicling the lives and ordeals of each saint, their feast days, iconographic emblems and the subjects of their patronage.
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A merry fusion of religion and art, Sister Wendy's Book of Saints takes its full-color reproductions from an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts recently staged in Italy to celebrate the millennium. Each spread features a biographical sketch telling the story of the saint, along with facts such as birth and death dates, feast days, and attributes. Many, if not most, of the works depicted in this unusual anthology have not been shown to the public in centuries, as they are housed in the Italian State Libraries. Thirty-five saints are discussed with more than 65 full-color illustrations.
VOYA - Gloria Grover
Sister Wendy, a British nun known for her explorations of art on public television, presents thirty-five saints as they are depicted in illuminated manuscripts. Her goal is to explain how the saints are portrayed in art, not to provide another collective biography. Some of the saints included are the four apostles, St. Thomas, St. Catherine of Sienna, and St. Francis of Assisi. Each entry includes a short explanation of the artwork, to whom the saint is a patron, the feast day, a brief description of how each person became a saint, and an illustration of the saint. A couple of interesting miracles are those of St. Nicholas and St. Lawrence. St. Nicholas is remembered for resurrecting three little boys during a famine by blessing a merchant's food barrel. The merchant was trying to pass off the boys as salted pork. St. Lawrence was known for his humor. When the emperor ordered him to be roasted alive, he jokingly told his executioners, "I think I'm done on this side, why don't you turn me over?" The color illustrations are remarkably beautiful, though the documentation to each illustration is difficult to identify. Readers need to use an abbreviation key in the acknowledgments section to determine which manuscript the illustration came from. The author does note that the illustrations were selected from an illumination manuscript exhibition that will take place in Italy in 1998-99 to celebrate the millennium. This title would be a lovely supplement to a large collection. The magnificent illuminations also make it a great browser. Illus. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
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Widely known since 1991 for her BBC/PBS specials on great world art, 67-year-old Sr. Wendy, an Oxford-educated sister of Notre Dame, lives a solitary, contemplative life in a trailer on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery in East Anglia and has published more than 15 books. 'Delightful' describes both the author and her newest book, which offers her unique way of 'seeing' saints. Rarely viewed miniatures and illuminations, drawn from Italian library manuscripts that will be on view in 1998-99, depict 35 selected saints, from St. Peter to St. Catherine of Sienna. Most have two pages each, with one or more well-done reproductions in color and Sister Wendy's commentary on each, which flows from her own joyful vision of truth. The reader feels guided by a wise friend reintroducing other old friends and their legends. Her unique contemporary spin, often expressed in the present tense, includes deceptively simple minilessons. A born storyteller, Sister Wendy intelligently introduces such issues as separation of church and state and the status of women. She speaks to everyone, removing art from the province of the eclectic and offering an enriching experience. -- .Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's University. Library, Jamaica, New York
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Widely known since 1991 for her BBC/PBS specials on great world art, 67-year-old Sr. Wendy, an Oxford-educated sister of Notre Dame, lives a solitary, contemplative life in a trailer on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery in East Anglia and has published more than 15 books. 'Delightful' describes both the author and her newest book, which offers her unique way of 'seeing' saints. Rarely viewed miniatures and illuminations, drawn from Italian library manuscripts that will be on view in 1998-99, depict 35 selected saints, from St. Peter to St. Catherine of Sienna. Most have two pages each, with one or more well-done reproductions in color and Sister Wendy's commentary on each, which flows from her own joyful vision of truth. The reader feels guided by a wise friend reintroducing other old friends and their legends. Her unique contemporary spin, often expressed in the present tense, includes deceptively simple minilessons. A born storyteller, Sister Wendy intelligently introduces such issues as separation of church and state and the status of women. She speaks to everyone, removing art from the province of the eclectic and offering an enriching experience. -- .Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's University. Library, Jamaica, New York
School Library Journal
Sister Wendy presents illuminated images and histories of 35 saints selected from the artwork of the Italian State Libraries and describes their attributes and personalities based on traditional information. The artwork depicts each saint in a dignified role, minimizing any overly obvious examples of personal suffering. The author expounds upon the religious virtues and deep Christian beliefs of the saints, allowing her strong spiritual views to pervade the text. The art is outstanding both in selection and in the color reproductions. A 'Calendar of Feast Days' lists saints for almost every day of the year. -- Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, Virginia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789423986
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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