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Shrines: Images of Italian Worship [Hardcover]

Frances Mayes , Steven Rothfeld
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Book Description

10 Oct 2006
Steven Rothfeld, the photographer for Frances Mayes’s bestseller Bringing 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 Mary and other saints. Created by average people as an expression of religious devotion, the shrines appear along ordinary roads in villages and cities, in the fields of farmers, and in the yards of simple cottages and homes. In Shrines, the full-color photographs of these ubiquitous, delicately crafted structures form a spiritual journey, bringing to life an ancient religious tradition that continues to thrive today. With a charming introduction and text by Frances Mayes, this visual tour of the surprising and graceful ways the divine touches and enriches everyday lives is perfect for admirers of sacred art, history buffs, those millions of Americans who travel to Italy, and everyone who dreams of going there.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385518870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385518871
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 21.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,499,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful 23 Jun 2007
A very simple yet wonderful book. I have spent a large portion of my life in Italy and I remember as a child finding the shrines dotted across the landscape normal.....It wasn't until I was older that I appreciated them for what they were and started to pay more attention to them and what they meant for the people who had them constructed and for the villages they were in. This book gives you a sampling of what it's like to drive through /walk around any part of Italy. Read the book and if you get the chance, when you're in Italy take a good look around and see for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty coffee table book 9 Oct 2008
By Leanne
I bought this book as a present for my grand parents and it is a very nice coffee table book. My grand parents are Italian immigrants living in Australia and they thought the book lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Mary in everyday life 13 Feb 2010
By Susan Schleef - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 19 Oct 2006
By Gerald - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful book, ideal for the cofeetable. It nicely documents private devotion in Italy. The photos are outstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shrines 25 Aug 2013
By James E. Kuffert - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabulous photography by Rothfeld. He captures the feeling and beauty of these shrines that words cannot describe.
Great book for your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! 3 April 2013
By M. deTar - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so perfect for our brother in law who makes shrines. We just returned from Italy and were looking for a book while we were there about the shrines. So glad to have found it when we came home. It captures the beauty and devotion of the Italian shrines perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Italy 21 Aug 2010
By book lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really shows the heart of the Italian countryside. The passion that people had to create such beautiful shrines in unlikely places really shows the role that religion plays in the daily lives of the Italians.
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