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Author(s): Titus Burckhardt

ISBN13: 9781933316598

ISBN10: 1933316594

Publisher: Veritas

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  • This beautifully illustrated book examines the history, culture, and spirituality of the Italian city of Siena, the 'City of the Virgin.' Home of St. Catherine and St. Bernardino, Siena was equally renowned for its architectural beauty and its religious devotion. Through the use of color photographs, maps, and reproductions of original manuscripts, Burckhardt invites the reader to walk the streets of a city whose history mirrors the development of Christianity in Europe.

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    This pleasant, unpretentious book is illustrated by a number of excellent color photographs of the city of Siena and by reproductions of Sienese paintings and sculptures. In those who have visited Siena ... [they] will evoke vivid memories of the town.... The text, which is also well conceived, consists in the main of translations from contemporary sources threaded together to form a political and spiritual history.

    -The Times Literary Supplement

    "Dr. Burckhardts volume is an historical survey, illustrated pleasantly, with pictures of Siena itself, with lovely surrounding landscapes, and associated works of art.... On the historical side, Dr. Burckhardts monograph is full of interesting detail."

    -History Today

    "This work provides a very pleasant, and often beautifully illustrated, guide and introduction to the history of medieval politics and art in one of Italys most charming cities."

    -Teresa Hankey, University of London, in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    "Burckhardt has done more than any other single author in the past 50, if not 100, years to recover the essential principles of the purposes of the arts-that is, if you accept the premise that the arts are more than mere hedonism and `individual expression.... He will emerge in due time as one of the most important writers on the recovery of the true value of art in the twentieth century and even the twenty-first century."

    -Keith Critchlow, Professor Emeritus,The Princes School ofTraditional Arts

    "He devoted all his life to the study and exposition of the different aspects ofWisdom and Tradition. In the age of modern science and technocracy, Titus Burckhardt was one of the most remarkable exponents of universal truth."

    -William Stoddart, editor of The Essential Titus Burckhardt

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