Format: 34 x 48
Edition: 799 for the Italian market, 299 for the foreign market and for bodies corporate, libraries and institutions.
Faces. How does one reckon the exact number of the “Faces of Christ”, considering that everything tends towards the true and only Face that man aspires to know? Elusive multiplicity offers to reconstruct the inner memory of the unique semblance of He who, two thousand years ago, became a man. This great publishing event sums up the most sacred matters, human and divine, with a highly significant selection of more than one hundred and twenty images of the “Faces of Christ”. An exceptional undertaking in the sign of the highest excellence: firstly, the choice of artwork, selecting these Faces from a possible one thousand; then the agreements with museums and collections the world over in order to obtain publishing rights; finally, the desire to propose images of extraordinary quality thanks to a special printing technique without cross-hatching. Reproductions often as large as the works themselves, reveal even the smallest detail, every wrinkle, every hint of the landscape. To all this we have joined scientific texts that are rigorous and yet pleasant to read, entrusting the opening essay to Gerhard Wolf, and the treatment of the single works to Ludovica Sebregondi. The former, major expert on the topic and director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, has authored books and studies, and curated conferences and exhibitions, including the one hosted in the Vatican Apostolic Library on the occasion of the Jubilee in 2000. Ludovica Sebregondi, teacher of Art History at the School of Architecture of the University of Florence, has to her credit numerous volumes on iconography and religious history. Together, the two scholars have selected the artwork, assembling and ordering the works that illustrate the extraordinary enigma of the Face of Faces. Ours is an attempt to combine publishing and scientific excellence: goals that can only be reached as profound and absolute acts of faith. A theme that lets us be guided by the images of the Faces and Bodies: the story of one Man that becomes the Story of man.