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ED. BY THE CURATORIUM of the Diocesan MUSEUM FREISING

GERMAN
21.5 X 28 CM
288 Pages
180 ILLS. IN COLOR, 16 ILLS. IN B/W
HARDCOVER WITH JACKET
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ISBN 978-3-944874-01-2


AN OPULENT BOOK THAT TRACES THE HISTORY OF FIGURES OF THE INFANT JESUS AS PERSONAL COMPANIONS FOR NUNS

HIGHLIGHT EDITION OF THE OUT-OF-PRINT, 7,000-PRINT-RUN EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

For centuries, figures of the infant Jesus have been displayed and venerated in convents with reverence and dignity, majesty and extravagance. Behind this devotion is the desire to lend the divine a human face. Reverence of the newborn Christ plays a prominent role in the piety and spirituality of convents and is also responsible for the existence of a remarkable artistic legacy. Seelenkind traces the important relationship a nun has to the infant Jesus figure entrusted to her when she enters a convent—from her admission as novice to the everyday rituals in the context of a devout and often busy conventual life.

Numerous figures of the Christ child, whether Jesus the Consoler, the Heavenly Bridegroom, or the swaddled infant, are complemented in this publication by paintings, devotional prints, sculptures, textiles, and works made by nuns. Photographer Thomas Dashuber captures the magic of convents and the intensely personal relationship between human, object, and place. His subtle pictorial language lends this book an immediacy and intimacy befitting of the subject. And numerous erudite texts offer fascinating and illuminating insights into the hidden and tranquil world of convents. A multilayered and many-faceted story of longing, love, and faith.