The worlds of the Old and New Testaments span the Mediterranean, encompassing Mt. Ararat, where the Ark came to rest; the Nile Valley, the birth place of Moses; the Holy Land; distant Rome; and points beyond.
These places, with their millennia-histories, have over the centuries entered into the collective imagination of millions of believers. This lavishly illustrated volume investigates the places of the Bible through texts, traditions and archaeological research. The oft-told stories of biblical events are freshly discussed and, above all, are brought to vibrant life through a comparison of great religious paintings with modern photographs.
This combination of masterpieces of religious painting and distinguished photography presents the Bible’s great men and women and to depicts where they lived and where their dramatic and often tragic stories were enacted.
Gianni Guadalupi was born in 1943 and worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a writer, translator and compiler of anthologies, concentrating in particular on literature pertaining to travel, both real and imaginary. He has been editor of Franco Maria Ricci and associate editor of Ie Vie del Mondo, the magazine dedicated to travels of yesteryear published by the Touring Club of Italy, as well as editor of the series entitled Guide Inapossibili, Antichi Stati and Grand Tour, published by Franco Maria Ricci. He is the author of Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Alberto Manguel). Guadalupi has written numerous successful books dedicated to the culture of travel; his topics include: the Jesuits in China; travels in 18th-century Persia; space travel; the Portuguese in India; 18th-century travelers to the Orient; the discovery of America; and Italian aeronautical pioneers. For White Star publishers he has written The Discover) of the Nile (1997), Treasures in Gold. Masterpieces of Jewelry from Antiquity to Modern Times (1998), China Revealed (2003), and the historical chapters of Marco Polo (2002), Sahara (2003). China. The Kingdom of the Dragon (2005), Zheng He: Tang the Epic Voyages of China's Greatest Explorer (2006), as well as the historical chapters of books belonging to the series entitled The Art of Being.