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Hardcover Shrines: Images of Italian Worship Book

ISBN: 0385518870

ISBN13: 9780385518871

Shrines: Images of Italian Worship

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Steven Rothfeld, the photographer for Frances Mayes's bestsellerBringing Tuscany Home,has traveled the world collecting images of beauty, culture, and passion with his camera. He now focuses on an unusual and stirring art form in this stunning album of handcrafted shrines found throughout the Italian countryside. Rothfeld turns his lens on a fascinating aspect of Italian culture, the age-old, popular art of building shrines in honor of the Virgin...

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Remembering Mary in everyday life

With only a few pages of introductory text and a handful of short musings inserted here and there, this book is really about the pictures. And what wonderful pictures they are, too. They remind me first of the year I spent in Florence right after college. But they also remind me, in a deeper, non-verbal way, of some longing to remember the Divine Feminine -- and especially to remember Mary, the Blessed Mother -- in the simple everyday moments of my life. Looking through the photos in this book becomes for me like a meditation -- every time I pick up the book. The photographic quality is excellent and the variety of artistic style in the different shrines is wide-ranging. But they all share some common element of devotion that is at once soothing sweet and deeply compelling.


A beautiful book, ideal for the cofeetable. It nicely documents private devotion in Italy. The photos are outstanding.
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