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These 46 beautiful art nouveau illustrations represent the 46 verses of the Litany of Loreto. These were created by the Italian artist/illustrator Ezio Anichini (1886-1948), one of the primary cover artists for Scena Illustrata, a popular and enduring magazine of Italian society and culture. Scena Illustrata published this book, prefaced with the accolades of many Church officials. The Litany of Loreto was named for the shrine at the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto, where it has been recited since the mid-sixteenth century.
The Marian Library is one of the only libraries in the world to hold this book. A Marian Library Newsletter article by John A. Shaffer, who collects the work of Ezio Anichini, provides additional information about the book and the artist.
1 portfolio ( p.,  leaves of plates) : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Litaniae lauretanae, Blessed Virgin Mary, Sancta Maria, Marian litanies, invocations, symbols, titles of Mary
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Anichini, Ezio, "Litanie della Madonna : illustrate per la prima Volta da quando l'arte fu ispirata dalla fede cristiana" (1931). Rare Books. 5.