Martyred Saints -Toby de Silva

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“…the Saints are displayed in a cathedral in Eastern Germany close to the Czech border and were acquired in the 17th century when there was a big trade in relics. They are said to be the remains of Martyred saints that were stored in the catacombs of Rome before being removed and traded. They were reassembled and dressed in their fine regalia and displayed in ornate cabinets.”

What really fascinates me about these photos is how the explore the relation ship between religion and death. How there are those who , in death become immortalised and dressed in the luxury and decadence most of the living could never afford. It sends the message that the dead are more valuable than the living.
Sources:

http://hifructose.com/2012/11/19/toby-de-silvas-portraits-of-the-afterlife/

http://beautifuldecay.com/2012/10/03/toby-de-silvas-beautiful-photographs-of-the-skeletons-of-martyred-saints/

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