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TREASURES OF FAITH: RELICS AND RELIQUARIES IN THE DIOCESE OF MALTA DURING THE BAROQUE PERIOD, 1600-1798. Edgar Vella. Midsea Books Ltd, Valletta, 2016. 240 pp. 30 x 25 cm. ISBN 9789993275626 In English.
Publisher's description: The ancient Christian cult of the relics and the rich and enthralling works of art created to house them is a witness to the need of man to be in contact with the beyond. The art of the reliquary is an art of boxes, caskets, and receptacles housing mysteries. An art of amulets and pendants of elaborate goldsmiths' and jewellers' creations made to hold the mortal remnants of the saints and other objects once believed to have touched Jesus Christ himself, the Blessed Virgin, or the saints. It is an art of rich things formed to house the poorest and the most poignant memorials of men and women remembered as holy: bones, locks of hair, and scraps of the blood-stained garments they once wore during the torments of their martyrdom. Yet, more perhaps than any other Christian art-form the study of relics is something neglected and under-appreciated, because it has traditionally been regarded both in Protestant orders and across broad swathes of the modern secular world, with fastidious and morbid distrust. Treasures of Faith discusses for the first time the rich tradition of relic veneration in Malta. It looks closely at the period between 1600, with the early documented translation of relics, and 1798, the end of the Knights' period which has contributed greatly in the divulgation of the cult and veneration of relics.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 175209
Hardcover $75.00    

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