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Catholica: The Visual Culture of Catholicism

Ivanic, Suzanna (2022) Catholica: The Visual Culture of Catholicism. Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 256 pp. ISBN 978-0-500-25254-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:91694)

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Paintings, architecture, metalwork, gemstones and ivories have been used to glorify God and convey the cornerstones of faith since the beginning of Christianity, and nowhere more so than in Catholicism. Focusing on a carefully curated selection of art and artefacts, this book guides the reader on a worldwide journey through Catholic art and culture, decoding the symbolism and clarifying the meaning inherent in the iconography, rituals and sacred sites of Catholicism.

Catholica is organized into three parts – Tenet, Locus and Spiritus – each containing three themed chapters. The first part introduces the centrepieces of the faith, explaining the symbolism in the artistic representation of the holy family, apostles and saints, and in stories from scripture. The second part examines places of worship, identifying the constituent parts of the cathedral and presenting evocative images of roadside shrines. The third part explores celebrations and traditions, including personal devotional tools and jewelry. For each of the nine themed chapters, illustrated introductory text is followed by a presentation of the key figures, the key stories and the key iconography relevant to each theme. Paintings and artefacts are examined in detail, identifying and explaining the symbolism and the stories depicted in each.

Catholica does not just provide readers with a set of decoded visual symbols to refer to when attempting to interpret Catholic imagery, wherever they encounter it; it is also a brilliant sourcebook of imagery for designers to harness and reference in modern secular culture.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Visual Culture, Art, Catholicism, Religion, Material Culture, Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Counter-Reformation, Global Religion, Design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
N Visual Arts
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Suzanna Ivanic
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 15:27 UTC
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