Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy: The Collection of Leonard Norman Primiano
by Briscese, Rosangela and Joseph Sciorra
New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, City University of New York, 2012. Softcover. VG. White & color illus. wraps, 120 pp., color illus. "Within Catholicism, ex-votos are votive objects presented in thanks for heavenly intercession with a misfortune such as an accident or illness. This book features two types of Italian ex-votos from the collection of Leonard Norman Primiano, dating from 1832 to 1959; metal objects in the shapes of people, afflicted body parts, or hearts, and painted narrative tablets depicting the dramatic moment of crisis for which intercession was requested. Collectively, the three essays [including one by the collector] address a history of ex-votos and their place within Catholic thought, their creation and use by Italian Americans, and finally, the ex-votos' social life beyond their original religious context, in particular, as collectibles and inspiration for studio-trained artists." (back cover).
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