Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

El Santuario Y El Camarin De la Virgen De la Pena De Sepulveda

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

El Santuario Y El Camarin De la Virgen De la Pena De Sepulveda

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El santuario yy el camarin de la Virgen de la Pena de Sepulveda. By Antonio Linage Conde, Marta Alvargonzalez, Herminda Cubilla Gonzalo, Raul Gorriti Yanguas, and Amalia Maria Yuste Galan. (Sepulveda: Hermandad de Nuestra Senora de la Virgen de la Pena de Sepulveda. 1996. Pp. 389.)

This book examines the art, architecture, and the history of the parish church of Santa Maria de la Pena, of Sepulveda (in the Spanish diocese of Segovia), dedicated to the Virgin, whose image supposedly appeared in a cave on the banks of the Duraton River. This book is divided into two sections. The accomplished historian Antonio Linage Conde authors the first, a history of the church, concerned mainly with the early modern and modern period. The bulk of his history meticulously describes the church's acquisition of liturgical artifacts and art, in an attempt to illustrate the high quality of la Pena's religious life. He also pays homage to the clerics important in the history of the church.

The second-and most useful-part of the book examines the church's art, architecture, sculpture, liturgical manuscripts, and ecclesiastical artifacts. The church is romanesque, dating to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; its altar constitutes one of the highlights of la Pena's art works. …

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