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Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av Paul Koudounaris

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This book is the chronicle of a group of extraordinary skeletons discovered in the Roman Catacombs in the late sixteenth century. Largely anonymous, they were nevertheless held to be the remains of Early Christian martyrs, and treated as sacred. Sent to Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace holy relics that had been destroyed in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the skeletons were carefully reassembled, and richly adorned with jewels and precious costumes. They became the centre of spiritual life for many communities, yet as time passed, faith in them wavered and they were cast out as imposters, as the Catholic Church turned its back on what was once one of its treasures. This is a story that until now has been left out of the pages of both art and religious histories.… (mer)
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Titel:Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Författare:Paul Koudounaris
Info:Thames & Hudson (2013), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 192 pages
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Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs av Paul Koudounaris (2013)

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Fascinating account and high-quality images that is worth reading, but probably as a library book instead of a purchase. ( )
  sfj2 | Mar 16, 2022 |
The history of the catacomb saints is interesting, but the collection of gorgeous, macabre photos are what make this book so good. Highly recommended if you appreciate the beautiful and morbid. ( )
  SwitchKnitter | Dec 19, 2021 |
Heavenly Bodies is a book about human bones and an overlooked era of history – post-Reformation in the Germanic nations of Europe.

Catholics there were still reeling from the influence of Martin Luther and so, to bolster up the people’s faith, the Vatican decided to ship, wholesale, skeletons of Christian martyrs – or what they assumed were Christian martyrs – from a recently discovered catacomb near Rome to churches, parishes, monasteries and convents for veneration and display. These skeletons were revered as much as those of the saints were, for in the violence of the Reformation many churches had been looted and their relics destroyed. These “martyrs” filled in a vital gap for the community. As their identities were never known they were given new names and histories and received a lengthy treatment to render them as objects of display – cleaning, articulation, and sumptuous clothing. The bare bones were decorated with elaborate whorls of gems both real and glass, held in place with gold or silver wirework. Finally they were given positions of honor in the church in lifelike poses.

Such a display may seem macabre or horrifying to the people of today. Yet it was very natural to the people of the time. The bones were meant to evoke awe and faith, and even generated a vital sense of community. The author is clear-eyed and articulate, approaching the skeletons sympathetically while acknowledging their dubious exhumations. In fact, he dedicates the book to the anonymous artists behind the skeletons’ creation, for they are indeed works of art. The book is filled with sumptuous photographs of the detail involved and the effect they created in their environment, the churches. Sadly, some languish today out of the public eye, moldering in attics or warehouses.

Heavenly Bodies has a gothic, baroque vibe, but I wouldn’t call it a horror book. The emphasis was on life, not death. The skeletons, as macabre as they were, were an affirmation of faith and hope, like the painted clay muerto figurines of the Mexican Day of the Dead. The Mexican caricaturist Posada endowed them with a bizarreness that hipsters adopted with irony; recent depictions in American culture are more decorative. But in actuality the muertos are not meant with irony or a love of death. They are closer in spirit to the jeweled skeletons of those German churches. One is sanctified, the other folk; yet both arise from faith. ( )
  Cobalt-Jade | Sep 10, 2019 |
I've seen these things many times, but never really looked at them or known their story. This was very interesting.

BTW, the German translation was excellent, read very smoothly. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Apr 24, 2018 |
I was somewhat disappointed in this book -- perhaps because it seemed tailor-made for me! I mean ... skeletons, sparkly stuff, moldy history ...

The history is quite interesting, make no mistake, it's just that there isn't a great deal of it. If the photographs were removed I think you'd have an interesting, weighty pamphlet.

It may be that the photographs are the problem. They are superficially stunning and striking, but this wears off after a bit and one comes down to "oh, look: another skeleton strung with costume jewelry."

A truly detailed history would be a better book, in my opinion. ( )
  tungsten_peerts | May 30, 2016 |
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In 1723, a fully articulated skeleton identified as that of St Albertus arrived in the small church of St George in Burgrain, Germany.
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This book is the chronicle of a group of extraordinary skeletons discovered in the Roman Catacombs in the late sixteenth century. Largely anonymous, they were nevertheless held to be the remains of Early Christian martyrs, and treated as sacred. Sent to Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace holy relics that had been destroyed in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the skeletons were carefully reassembled, and richly adorned with jewels and precious costumes. They became the centre of spiritual life for many communities, yet as time passed, faith in them wavered and they were cast out as imposters, as the Catholic Church turned its back on what was once one of its treasures. This is a story that until now has been left out of the pages of both art and religious histories.

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