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Corpus Domini Solemn Procession Facsimile Edition

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35 etchings painted in with watercolour and touched up by hand, depicting the solemn Vatican Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) procession at the time of Pope Gregory XVI.

A timless ritual

The subject of the work is the feast of Corpus Domini. By far the most solemn rite in Rome and its surrounding region since 1264, the celebration was made official by Urban IV, who decreed it was to be held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

The original plates were engraved by Salvatore Busuttil (born on Gozo, Malta, 1798) and published in 1839. This splendid valuable colourful panorama of the religious rite is thus a unique socio-historical document. Busuttil skilfully conveys the details, nuances and impressions in small genre scenes in which a varigated humanity, dressed up in the finery of the time, forms the contingent and popular background to a timeless solemn rituality.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Corpus Domini Solemn Procession": La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini facsimile edition, published by Vallecchi, 2000

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La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini

Florence: Vallecchi, 2000

  • Commentary (English, Italian) by Vicini Mastrangeli, Angela
  • Limited Edition: 450 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Corpus Domini Solemn Procession: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Cloth-bound box with impressed gold decorations containing 35 ecthings painted in with water-color and mounted on canvas plus a booklet with an introductory essay.

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