Title: L'Empire de la Mort - Histoire culturelle des
ossuaires et des
Publisher: Editions du Regard
During four years Paul Koudounaris scored three continents in an
attempt to document the world’s finest surviving ossuaries, and in the
process recover the history of a long-forgotten genre of Early Modern
visual culture: the decoration of religious shrines in human bone.
Some of the sites studied are major tourist destinations and famous to
this day, but many others are unheard of—located often in remote rural
areas, and in some cases found by diligent research, in others by sheer
accident. Among them were some which had never before been
photographed. Other sites, no longer extant, were discovered in
searches through archival material, but even these were sometimes
reborn through the discovery of old prints or early photos.
L'Empire de la Mort - Histoire culturelle des ossuaires
et des charniers is also available in English as The Empire of Death: A Cultural
Ossuaries and Charnel Houses.
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