Category: Holy Stories

Saint Francis
4 October 2019   |    Holy Stories

October 4 is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints of all time and - among many more - patron saint of animals, the environment, Italy, the city…

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The Universal Man
2 May 2019   |    FoliaFocus

May 2, 1519: on this day, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci died at 67 in Château du Clos Lucé, a castle in the city of Amboise, France. As one of the most popular and…

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Easter: the Resurrection
20 April 2019   |    Holy Stories

It is finally Easter! We celebrate the occasion with this incredibly lavish illuminated initial from a late 15th-century (or early 16th-century) Gradual made for the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. The grand illumination,…

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25 March 2019   |    Holy Stories

The Church celebrates today the feast of the Annunciation (also known as Lady Day), meaning the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of the…

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All Saints
1 November 2018   |    Holy Stories

Today Folia celebrates the Feast of All Saints (or All Saints' Day) with an illumination from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, showing all Saints in Paradise.The origins of this celebration go back…

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Come forth!
14 September 2018   |    Codex Purpureus

Here we are with another marvelous illumination from the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis: Lazarus' resurrection. The illuminated folio was sadly deeply damaged by both the passing of time and the early XX-century restoration, which mostly affected the peculiar…

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12 September 2018   |    Codex Purpureus

Starting today, Folia Magazine will be taking you on a journey of discovery through the pages of the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, shown here for the first time in high definition. The Codex includes 13 illuminations regarding…

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St. Theodora of Alexandria
11 September 2018   |    Holy Stories

A woman dressing as a man in order to achieve something that was usually not allowed to women. How many works of fiction came to your mind just by reading this simple line alone? Cross-dressing has…

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