Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 1996
Book ID: 18
221 pages + preface and bibliography | 10.75 x 9.5 inches | 28 color and 167 b/w images
In spring 1996, Saint Joseph's University mounted the exhibition "The Holy Family as Prototype of the Civilization of Love: Images from the Viceregal Americas," which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the extension of the Feast of the Holy Family to the liturgical calendar of the Universal Church. The exhibition displayed paintings from the Spanish Colonial period, rare books and engravings from 17th- and 18th-century Europe, and lithographs and devotional paintings on tin from 19th-century Mexico and New Mexico. Culled from private collections, galleries in New York and Miami, and institutional collections of several Catholic universities, these art works offered a visual chronicle of the evolution of devotion to the Holy Family.
A catalogue of the exhibition, this volume contains essays on the historical development of the Holy Family devotion from the late Middle Ages to the late 20th century, the subject of the Holy Family in Western art, and the encounter of European and Inca cultures observable in images of the Holy Family in Andean Viceregal art. It also includes color photographs of books and art works exhibited, each of which is fully explained in accompanying commentary.
Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S., contrib. ed.
"[This] new, inch-thick catalogue is crammed with information and novel insights […] [It] chronicles the development of popular religious devotion to the closely knit family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph of Nazareth."
Victoria Donohoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Anyone who is more than a casual scholar of Spanish Colonial art will find this a 'must buy' for inclusion in their library."
Barbe Awalt, Tradición Revista, The Journal of Contemporary & Traditional Spanish Colonial Art & Culture
"Altogether, the catalog, which includes a rich corpus of related images […] is a significant assembly and review of information on the cult and iconography of Saint Joseph and a source of original observations on the works presented; further, it addresses broad timely topics: the family, apocalyptic thought, and the encounter of European and non-European cultures."
Carolyn C. Wilson, Sixteenth Century Journal
"[…] excellent essays […] artifacts are illustrated in brilliant colors on good gloss paper…a feast for lovers of art […] devotion to the Holy Family is shown to be vitally alive and an effective aid to the beleaguered family of today."
Joachim Smet, O. Carm., Carmelus
"The Holy Family as Prototype of the Civilization of Love is an impressive documentation of an outstanding exhibit and will reward the armchair reader with a wealth of informative text enhanced profusely with illustrations throughout."
James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review