Monday, January 07, 2008

Current Centrepiece

..for our dining table.

A few gold covered chocolate coins, leftover from the Epiphany.

A gorgeous bunch of flowers , a gift from my dh.

And, on the display stand, my new book.

Saints, a Year in Faith and Art.

What a glorious book to strew! ( Remember strewing and it's role in unschooling? )

Each day, the book opens flat to reveal a mini biography of a saint for that day, accompanied by a representative piece of art. Fom the blurb ~

This richly illustrated, unique volume portrays more than 375 Catholic saints, arranged by the days of the year on which each beatified figure is honoured. The images range from world-famous works of art by such masters as Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez, and El Greco to more modern and lesser-known depictions. Rosa Giorgi has chosen up to three saints for each day of the year and has composed a brief accompanying description of each—including etymology of names, historical background, and occupations, cities, and countries of patronage.

Encompassing angels and abbots, mystics and martyrs, priests and prophets, virgins and visionaries, the exquisite saint portraits in these pages will not only inspire Catholics—making this an ideal confirmation or Christmas gift—but will also fascinate scholars and art historians.

I bought this book on impulse after reading rave reviews at the 4 Real Learning forum.

In retrospect, an excellent impulse purchase!

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