A Closer Look
written by Erika Langmuir
Yale University Press | ISBN 9781857094657
Paperback – 96 pages
Part of the A Closer Look series.
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Formerly part of the popular Pocket Guides series, Saints is published in a new edition as A Closer Look, with many beautiful reproductions. This informative guide helps readers identify saints and their significance in a painting - be it from the National Gallery or from other collections. This book explains the significance of saints and their role in the history of European painting as well as different types of saints, and the importance of saintly relics in the Middle Ages. Saints may be familiar figures in religious paintings, even to non-Christians, but this guide explains in an authoritative yet accessible style the many ways in which they once played a part in religious practice and in the lives of individuals and communities.