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Testimonia Sanctitatis

Le reliquie e i reliquiari del Duomo e del Battistero di Firenze

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by A. Bicchi, A. Ciandella

publication year: 1999
paperback with flaps
210x280 mm, 178 pp.
92 colour and b&w illustrations

88-85957-31-5 Italian

The authors of this monograph are not – surprisingly enough – art historians or religious scholars, but two dedicated amateur researchers in the 18th-century sense of the term. The fruit of their competent and painstaking labour is this complete catalogue of the relics of the saints and blessed ones who over the centuries have shaped Florence’s religious tradition. An account of how each relic was acquired is accompanied by a study of the reliquaries themselves, the latter being in many cases objects of considerable artistic value and historical interest, since they were so often restored or recreated to suit the tastes of the day.