Heavenly Bodies: Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris  @FGIDEAS

In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Many skeletons of these supposed saints were soon removed from their resting place and sent to Catholic churches in Europe to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. Once in place the skeletons were then carefully reassembled and enshrined in costumes, wigs, jewels, crowns, gold lace, and armor as a physical reminder of the heavenly treasures that awaited in the afterlife. The photos have been collected into a book titled Heavenly Bodies released by Thames & Hudson.


Posted: August 13, 2018  |  8432 Views
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