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  Messgewänder aus deutschen Kirchenschätzen
vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart
by Karen Stolleis

Regensburg, 2001
in german language, with english summary

140 pages with text, 56 pages in colour, 17x24cm
ISBN: 3-7954-1254-4; DM 89.80, Ösh 656.-, SFr. 79.80, Euro 44.90

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Verlag Schnell & Steiner GmbH, Leibnizstr. 13, D-93055 Regensburg

  This book describes the development of liturgical vestments in Germay by way of a number of examples from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is based on the fundamental studies of liturgical vestments undertaken by Joseph Braun in the early years of the 20th century. Almost a century of ecclesiastical history has passed since they were written, and the image of liturgical vesture has changed. What is more, research undertaken in the field of conservation has brought much new material to light. For this reason, this book seeks to provide a brief introduction to the history of liturgical vestments on the basis of today's knowledge of the subject, and to create a link with contemporary practice.

Embroidery probably 1465 Nürnberg, on vestment, Italy, today Brandenburg, cathedral

  The book examines 48 liturgical vestments from different parts of Germany, which have survived more or less in their original state and which, for the most part, can be accurately dated. They serve to illustrate how church reforms and changing tastes have altered liturgical garb over the centuries, and how regional styles have emerged. The main focus is on the chasuble, worn by the celebrating priest, which has undergone many changes in the course of history. The dalmatic and tunicle, which until the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) were worn by the celebrant's two servers during High Mass, are also taken into account.

red chasuable, beginning 16 c., Germany, today Halberstadt, cathedral


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