Blessed and Beautiful
Picturing the Saints
Many of the great painters of the Renaissance, from Giotto to Michelangelo, depicted the lives and martyrdoms of the saints. But what are we to make of Titian's voluptuous Mary Magdalene or Caravaggio's flagrantly homoerotic John the Baptist with a Ram? Sumptuously illustrated with 136 colour plates, this richly informed, beautifully written and thought-provoking book unlocks the cryptic imagery of these works to demonstrate how the artists treated their subjects as fallible human figures rather than icons of perfection.