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Saints: A Visual Guide Paperback – 2006

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802832490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802832498
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 13.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,086,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[CDATA]San Antonio, St. Patrick, St. Paul, Santa Claus - these are just a few of the many saints whose names are familiar to everybody. Well over six million people in the United States live in a city named after a saint. Yet how any of us know the stories behind the saints whose names and images surround us? Edward and Lorna Mornin have been collecting images of saints from both high and low art for decades. In this handy guide they combine their research into 130 popular saints with fascinating images, answering often-asked questions: When did these saints live? What are their symbols? Did they actually exist? Drawing chiefly from western Europe and the United States, Saints: A Visual Guide goes beyond familiar portrayals to lesser-known but enlightening images of famous saints, not only in formal sculpture, painting, and engraving but also in such modest media as prayer and playing cards, coats of arms, commercial signs, and the like. Attractive, practical, and filled with fascinating stories, this little book will be an invaluable field guide for everyone even the most seasoned "saint spotter."[/CDATA]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good for playing "Spot the Saint" March 29 2010
By TNH - Published on
Format: Paperback
A very good reference book if you're unfamiliar with the standard representations of saints and want to know who's the guy with the gridiron (St. Lawrence) or the woman with the dragon on a leash (St. Margaret of Antioch). On the other hand, one hundred saints is a limited selection. It's like a pool with no deep end: you'll never find yourself unable to cope with the subject, but if you want to dive in wholeheartedly, you'll have to look elsewhere.
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Easter reading May 17 2007
By Ann - Published on
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Enjoyed this book so much as the passenger on a ride to Cape Cod on Good Friday that I ordered 3 more copies for my children. Each saint has about a one page writeup with an accompanying illustration generally by some famous painter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Inspiration by example Jan. 9 2007
By Mary Bellis Williams - Published on
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A nice little volume of many of the most influential saints and why they are important to us as examples for our lives. I'd like the volume to be a little bigger and have a different binding that allows it to open fully more easily so it's easier to see text and paintings that illustrate each saint.
Saints: Real and Mythical Jan. 7 2010
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This beautiful little book took these Canadian authors on an international journey, photographing artistic works depicting dozens of saints. A short bio accompanies each saint, including those with doubtful, or downright "make believe" origin.
A good book. I was looking for just what the ... June 21 2015
By Roseanne Hahn - Published on
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A good book. I was looking for just what the book provided.

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