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Launch of Lichfield Cathedral guidebook FEBRUARY 2015

A guide to a magnificent medieval cathedral

After evensong on January 25th Scala gathered with the staff, congregation and friends of Lichfield Cathedral to celebrate the publication of their new guidebook. The Very Rev'd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, expressed the Cathedral’s delight with the book, and we in turn expressed our delight at the outcome of a collaboration that had been on our wish list for many years! The guidebook’s editor and project manager, Esme West (in absentia with the very good excuse of newborn twins), sent her thanks to Patricia Scaife snd Anthony Moore, the authors, for their commitment to creating a book of the highest quality, adding that the project as a whole had benefited from exceptional teamwork. The evening concluded with a brilliantly witty speech by Patricia. It has been a real pleasure for Scala to publish the guide to this magnificent medieval cathedral.  

Photograph courtesy of Lichfield Cathedral Photographers.
Left: Canon Dr Anthony Moore, Centre: Rosemarie McCabe (Scala), Right: Patricia Scaife 

Acclaim for 'Picturing Mary' DECEMBER 2014

Roundup of early review coverage

The exhibition Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother Idea opened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, on December 5, and has been attracting plenty of media coverage. Scala has published the accompanying catalogue.
Wall Street International hails 'a landmark exhibition … bringing together masterworks from major museums, churches and private collections in Europe and the United States'.
The National Catholic Register acclaims 'a remarkable assortment of beautiful sacred art', while noting that 'even for the nonbeliever, the depictions of Mary reveal the concerns of the time, the sensibilities of the artist, the fashion of the day and the debates within the Church about particular aspects of the faith at that time.'
National Geographic features an interview with Melissa R. Katz, a contributor to the book, who observes that there is no other image of a woman that can take us through 16 centuries of art, pointing out her importance to Christianity, Judaism and Islam -- as well as feminism.
Both the Financial Times and Huffington Post have a gallery of images from the show. Meanwhile the museum's blog has a feature on the catalogue.

The show continues until April 12, 2015. 

Have yourself a 'Mary' little Christmas... DECEMBER 2014

New Scala publication accompanies exhibition at NMWA

<p>... with 'Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother,&nbsp;Idea' at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. This exhibition brings together over 60 masterpieces from collections including the Vatican and the Uffizi to explore the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary, as well as the sacred and social functions her image has served through the last two millennia. Scala is extremely proud to have published the stunning (if we do say so ourselves!) accompanying book, which examines depictions of the Virgin through lavish reproductions and thought-provoking texts. A particularly pertinent Christmas gift...?</p>